The Midland Bristolian

6233 Duchess of Sutherland

Saturday 30th October

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!

Joining arrangements

Board the train at Tyseley Locomotive Works (limited pre-booked free car parking available avoiding Birmingham’s claen air zone), Coleshill Parkway, Tamworth High Level, Burton on Trent,  or Derby, You may leave the train on the return at any of these stations.

Seating Arrangements

Seating is available in  “Bubbles” of two or four Pullman Cars and Open Coaches. Private Compartments for six people are also available. You will be seated at tables of two or four or in a Private Compartment in your selected Coach according to your booking. You will not be allocated specific seats.

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 details and timings will be published on this web page  7 – 10 days prior to the date of the train.

Book Seats

Step One
Select Class of Travel

Step Two
Select Coach

Step Three
Select Number of Passengers in Bubble

Step Four
Complete Details

Step  Five


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.