Vintage Trains Back On the Rails With Exciting 2019 Railtour Programme
PRESS RELEASE - FEBRUARY 20TH 2019
VINTAGE TRAINS BACK ON THE RAILS WITH EXCITING 2019 RAILTOUR PROGRAMME
First railtour programme from Britain’s newest
Train Operating Company
Over 30 railtours in 2019 line-up with new named
train, the Chester Venturer
Restored Clun Castle makes main line debut and
spearheads railtour programme
Partnership with Riviera Trains – flexible
seating to match customer demand
Shakespeare Express returns
Bespoke dining trains from Birmingham Moor
Booking now open for forthcoming trains – www.VintageTrains.co.uk
Trains Limited (VTL) is firmly back on track with the announcement of its
comprehensive railtour programme for 2019. Designed to appeal to a wide
audience, from the avid rail enthusiast to families with or without children and
diners looking for a new culinary experience, the programme amounts to over 30
railtours to a variety of destinations, all starting from its heartland in
Birmingham or the West Midlands.
the 2019 programme, Cath Bellamy, Vintage Trains Managing Director, said: ‘Vintage Trains is pleased to be back, with
our magnificent flagship engine Clun Castle leading the way following its
overhaul at Tyseley Locomotive Works.
Our first charter programme combines some of
our old favourites – quite literally back by popular demand - with some new
ideas. We see a big opportunity to attract lots of
passengers, new to steam. Our 2019
program give us a chance to start testing our ideas and welcoming lots of new
passengers on board’.
Loyal VTL customers
will recognise old favourites in the 2019 programme but there is also much to
appeal to new audiences, be they families looking for a fun day out or those
seeking an all-new premium dining experience on a summer evening.
added: ‘Our exciting new partnership with
Riviera Trains ensures that we have adaptable coach availability to better match
demand across this wider customer base, particularly with our first class,
silver service dining option’.
2019 Railtour Programme
programme brings back a number of old favourites interspersed with new
destinations. All regular railtour trains will start from either Birmingham
Moor Street (BMS) or Snow Hill stations and will commence on March 9th
with a Cotswold Explorer running on a circular route via Oxford. Clun Castle will bring yet another dimension
to this much loved route with its beautiful scenery and demanding inclines. The Cotswold Explorer itinerary will be
repeated on April 6th/June 1st/July 6th/October
12th. This train will include a full out and back silver service dining
A new title
for 2019, the Chester Venturer, runs direct to the cathedral City of Chester whilst
familiar Welsh Marches takes a circular route via Hereford. These trains will also offer a full dining
option across the journey. The Chester Venturer will run on April
28th/June 8th/July 20th/Oct 19th. The
Welsh Marches runs on May 25th/July 13th/Sept 14th.
variety to its programme, 2019 will see several excursions running to specific
destinations which offer a full and exciting day out for the family. The first
to be confirmed will visit the May Day Bank Holiday, Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza.
This well-known event in the transport enthusiast calendar has become a
honeypot for road transport, steam traction engine and military vehicle
enthusiasts and above all, its Victorian steam fair which takes over the
streets of the distinctive town centre for the whole weekend. Clun Castle will
power the train with the locomotive being on static display in the platform for
all visitors to see.
special excursions are in the planning process and will be announced separately
as soon as confirmed.
The Shakespeare Express
VTL has been
running the Shakespeare Express steam service between Birmingham and
Stratford upon Avon on summer Sundays for a number of years. It provides a
unique opportunity for passengers to step back in time to the more elegant and
romantic days of train travel on a GWR line still displaying much of its
original infrastructure. The SE will offer a variety of on-board
dining options including a Sunday breakfast, Sunday lunch and Afternoon Tea.
This year’s programme commences on Sunday July 21st and will run
every Sunday until September 8th.
Trains has a track record of delivering a great dining experience on many of
its excursions but 2019 will bring more variety. Its railtours will offer a
variety of options including a first class, silver service dining option. There will also be a programme of early
evening, bespoke dining trains from Birmingham Moor Street to a variety of
destinations - to be announced separately.
Tyseley Locomotive Works Open Days
Now a firm
favourite in the VTL calendar, Tyseley’s Open days welcome young and old to the
hub of the operation to enjoy a very different day out. This year’s dates are June 22nd/23rd
and Sept 29th/30th. Plans are already underway with
several goliaths of steam invited to attend – full details will be announced later.
Riviera Trains Partnership
to provide additional flexibility in its train formations and therefore the
customer offer, VTL is pleased to announce a three-year partnership with
Riviera Trains in an agreement which stables 10 of its BR Mk1 Chocolate and
Cream liveried coaches at Tyseley. The contract enables ‘mix and match’ with
the VT coach fleet and more flexibility in the customer offer. The ability to potentially deliver any mix
from all standard class to first class Pullman full dining enables VTL to target
new markets with its railtour programme.
own fleet of Mk1 and Pullman coaches is undergoing refurbishment with 8 of the
fleet already complete, derogated and licenced to run. This work programme will
continue alongside a contract to return the Riviera Trains coaches to dual
(air/vacuum) braking. The ability to supply air or vacuum braking to the motive
power will enable VT to supplement its 2019 schedule with visiting steam,
diesel or electric traction. More information on additional trains to the
programme will be announced later.
The Locomotive Fleet
Tyseley’s icon, Clun Castle, will spearhead the railtour schedule. Fresh from
overhaul and its February test runs, Clun’s first public run since 1988 will be
Explorer on March 9th.
operational requirements apply, Tyseley’s Class 47 diesel locomotive (47 773) will
join Clun Castle in ‘top and tail’ mode. Rood Ashton Hall will also be
available and during the year it is planned to use visiting steam, diesel and
electric power to head several VTL railtours. Schedules will be announced
Booking Vintage Trains Railtours
details of the railtour schedule with dates, pricing and booking information
for forthcoming railtours is available at www.VintageTrains.co.uk or by
calling Vintage Trains on 0121 708 4960.