Welsh Marches with No. 5596 'Bahamas' - Saturday 29th June
Saturday 29th June will be the first of two 'Welsh Marches Express' trains hauled by newly overhauled No. 45596 'Bahamas'. The second railtour is scheduled for Saturday 13th July.
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 Dorridge, stopping at Solihull, Tyseley (Mainline) and Birmingham Snow Hill, 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, Walsall, around the Sutton Park Line and back to our return stationshttp://www.vintagetrains.co.uk
Commencing at Dorridge, additional pickups at Solihull, Tyseley (Mainline Station) and Birmingham Snow Hill (returns to Walsall or B’Ham New Street – routing to be confirmed).
| ‘Welsh Marches’ with No: 45596 'Bahamas' - 29th June
| Confirmed Timings
| Tyseley (Mainline Station)
| Birmingham Moor Street
|Birmingham Snow Hill
| Birmingham New Street