This impressive full day excursion covers Midland main lines including the 1 in 37 Lickey Bank, hauled by Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive! We begin our journey at Derby with diesel haulage by 47 773 from Tyseley Locomotive Works. picking up at Coleshill Parkway, Tamworth (High Level), Burton on Trent and Derby where 6233 Duchess of Sutherland charge at the front of our train to Bristol Temple Meads for three and a half hours of sightseeing in the city.
We return via the outward route to Derby via Cheltenham Spa and the famous 1 in 37.7, two-mile gradient of ‘The Lickey’, the steepest sustained main line railway incline in Great Britain. On arrival at Derby our train will reverese and our class 47 returns us to Tyseley stopping to set down as on the outward journey.
Due to the requirement to take a banker over the Lickey Incline and not wishing to stop at the foot of the incline to gain such assistance, a diesel will accompany the rear of the train throughout the journey from Tyseley – although we will ensure that the Duchess is doing the lion’s share of the work throughout!