The Midland Bristolian
6233 Duchess of Sutherland
Saturday 30th October
This impressive full day excursion covers Great Western and Midland main lines, hauled by Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive! In part one we begin our journey at Derby with diesel haulage by 47 773. We pick Burton on Trent, Tamworth (High Level), Coleshill Parkway and Tyseley before stopping at Dorridge where Duchess of Sutherland takes charge at the front of our train. We then head south and west on the GWR mainline via Oxford and Swindon to Bristol Temple Meads for three and a half hours of sightseeing in the city.
In part two we take the Midland route for our return, direct 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, we say goodbye to 6233 and the 47 returns us to Tyseley.
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!
Board the train at Tyseley (limited pre-booked free car parking available avoiding Birmingham’s congestion charge), Derby, Burton on Trent, Tamworth High Level, Coleshill Parkway or Tyseley (main line station) You may leave the train on the return at any of these stations.
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.
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.
- Seating in one of our original Pullman Cars with full English Breakfast and four course evening dinner, tea & Coffee, all served at your seat.
- Private first class compartment for up to six people with full English Breakfast and four course evening dinner, tea & Coffee, all served at your seat.
- Seating at tables for two or four in our Club Class Coaches with light refreshments including Danish pastries,sandwiches and cake, tea & Coffee, all served at your seat.
- Seating at tables for two or four in our Tourist Open carriages. Bacon rolls, light refreshments, wine, beer, teas & coffees can be ordered for delivery to your seat.
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