In Premier Dining and First Class each row consists of a table for two and a table for four. In Standard Class carriages each row consists of two tables for four. There are no tables for two in Standard Class.
On most of our day excursions we offer compartments for up to six passengers in our 1st Class Corridor Coach. These compartments are an excellent way to celebrate an occasion with a group of friends in semi-private surroundings.
1st class seats are more comfortable and larger than the standard seats, giving you extra leg room. The carriage is more luxurious than the standard carriages with nicer furnishings. On most Vintage Trains excursions you are also served with a complimentary cup of tea or coffee and light refreshments on both legs of the journey. 1st Class is not currently available on the Shakespeare Express.
Club Class will be introduced in September 2011 to replace 1st Class ‘open’ seats (1st Class compartments will still be available). Club Class seats are at tables for four and includes complimentary ‘at seat’ light refreshments – cup of tea or coffee and light refreshments on both legs of the journey. Club Class is not currently available on the Shakespeare Express.
It is most likely that these seats will be together. As an example seat 1B is seated opposite (over a table) seat 1F. Please also note that for most journeys seat ‘B’ would be facing backwards on the outward journey from the first departure station and forwards on the return journey. Also seat ‘1B’ is generally next to seat ‘2B’ and seat ‘1F’ is generally next to seat ‘2F’.
On the Vintage Trains excursions – all seats in all classes are assigned and you will be given specific seat numbers. On the Shakespeare Express – only Premier Dining seats are assigned and you will shown your allotted seats on the day by a steward. The standard class seats are first-come first-serve, however we do not over-sell the train, so there will always be a seat available.
Vintage Trains Excursions and Premier Dining on the Shakespeare Express:
When booking your seats, we will always do our best to make sure you and your party sits together. If we have limited availability, we will discuss this with you when you book.
Standard class seats are not assigned so we cannot guarantee that your party will be able to sit together on some trains.
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee which way your seats will be facing, as sometimes the carriages are turned around without notice. If you are not happy with your seats on the day the best thing to do is to ask a steward if there are any others available that you can swap to. If you are assigned a forward facing seat on the outward trip of a Vintage Trains excursion, then most likely your seat will be backwards facing for the return journey.