Welsh Marches with 7029 'Clun Castle' - Rescheduled to Saturday 1st August
Steam Hauled throughout by no: 7029 'Clun Castle' with no planned diesel assistance
Rescheduled to Saturday 1st August, 2020
The Welsh Marches line traverses the hills of Central Wales, starting at Newport and running to Shrewsbury by way of Abergavenny, Hereford and Craven Arms. Our day begins with a steam departure from Tyseley (Warwick Road) and Birmingham Moor Street & Snow Hill stations, before heading down Old Hill bank and joining the old Birmingham & Gloucester railway with the Cotswold Hills looming majestically to our left. We continue through Gloucester, across the River Severn and along the western bank of the estuary with its breathtaking views, passing through Chepstow and heading into South Wales. At Maindee Junction, we turn North, bypassing Newport and onto the Welsh Marches line for the climb towards Abergavenny and Hereford with spectacular views of the Black Mountains including the famous Sugar Loaf.
We stop for an afternoon break at the cathedral city of Hereford. Hereford was founded in Saxon times. With a medieval bridge over the River Wye, it retains a mix of buildings from almost every architectural era. The Cathedral, established in the 7th Century, contains the famous 800-year old St Stephen’s Chair. The Mappa Mundi, a 13th Century view of the known world, is housed in the Cathedrals library.
After rejoining the train, our journey continues through Dinmore Tunnels, Craven Arms and around Shrewsbury, before looping back to the Midlands through Wolverhampton, Bescot, Birmingham New Street and back to our return stations.
Commencing at Tyseley Warwick Road (Railway Museum), additional pickups at Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham Snow Hill (returns B’Ham New Street).
Steam hauled throughout by no: 7029 'Clun Castle'
| ‘Welsh Marches’ - Saturday 1st August 2020
| Estimated Timings:
| Tyseley Warwick Road
| Birmingham Moor Street
|Birmingham Snow Hill
| Birmingham New Street