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7029 Clun Castle

Saturday 11th June 2022

An historic trip for the enthusiast and historian not to be missed. Clun Castle will retrace the route of her 1972 trip, exactly fifty years ago, when she hauled the first public steam excursion on British Rail between Birmingham and Didcot after the infamous ban on steam traction. The train will follow the identical 1972 route, save that we will be steam hauled throughout on the outward journey, running down Hatton Bank to Oxford and then on to Swindon, where we will join Brunel’s Great Western Main Line and then take the South Wales and Bristol line via Bristol Parkway and Severn tunnel and run to Cardiff, where we will pause to visit the city.

Clun Castle will then return us along the same route as far as Oxford from where there will be a diesel pilot.

Joining arrangements

Join and leave the train only at Birmingham Snow Hill.

Seating Arrangements

Seating is available in our Pullman Cars and Open Coaches. You will be seated at tables of two or four or in a Private Compartment in your selected Coach according to your booking. Tables for two can be booked in Pullman Class for a supplement of £30 per person subject to availability.

Bookings for up to four people will be seated at the same table. Bookings of more than four people will be seated at adjacent tables.

First Class Compartments for six people are also available.

Boarding Card

A boarding card confirming your booking details and allocated coach will be emailed to you upon completion of your booking. Please print this boarding card to access the train. Separate tickets are not issued.

Final Details and Timings

Final times will be published on this website 7-10 days before the date of the train.

The following are approximate anticipated timings:

Birmingham Snow Hill Depart 08.00
  Arrive 21.00

Book Seats

Step One
Select Class of Travel

Step Two
Select Coach

Step Three
Complete Details & quantity Required

Step Four


Select the station from which you intend to join the train

Meals are included in Pullman and Club Class. If you would prefer a vegetarian option please indicate Number of Vegetarian Meals Required

Passengers who require assistance to travel should contact us at to discuss their requirements prior to booking.