The Shakespeare Express
The Shakespeare Express heralds the start of the 2021 steam season for Vintage Trains. It runs on five summer Sundays presenting its well-proven formula of blossoming Warwickshire scenery through the window and great value Saturday evening dinner, Sunday lunch and afternoon tea options on your table.
The outward journey will be over the Shakespeare Line, the train will return from Stratford to Birmingham at express speeds up to 75mph via Solihull non-stop to Tyseley (so not stopping at Henley in Arden, although a return trip from Henley may still be made).
Two return journeys will operate each day:
Travel options: (a) outward from Birmingham or Tyseley in the morning for sightseeing in the Stratford area, returning in the late afternoon; or (b) on a round trip from Stratford to Birmingham and return in the afternoon.
Sunday 1st August
Sunday 8th August
Sunday 15th August
Sunday 22nd August
Sunday 29th August
Free car parking is available at Tyseley Locomotive Works avoiding Birmingham’s congestion charge (limited availability and must be booked with your train tickets).
Steam locomotives will be drawn from a pool of Clun Castle and Earl of Mount Edgcumbe (subject to availability). In the event of hot weather, Network Rail may require a diesel locomotive additionally to be added to the train to mitigate fire risk.
All trains will carry Pullman, and Tourist accommodation. A restaurant car service is included in your Pullman fare with Full English breakfast, three course lunch, afternoon cream tea or four course dinner, depending on the time of day. Snacks and drinks are also available to preorder in Tourist. Details, including sample menus, are available when booking.