Arrive at the Novotel York for a welcome reception and drinks in the bar. After settling-in there will be dinner at the hotel and presentation of archive steam footage by a leading railway film expert
We travel by train to Keighley to connect with the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. This was the location for the original film of the Railway Children. There will time to travel behind steam and visit both ends of the line and also the wonderful village of Howarth which contains the Bronte Parsonage. For the railway enthusiasts there will be a behind the scenes visit to the engine sheds.
We return to York for dinner at the hotel or nearby restaurant.
After an early start we gather at York station for a day of mainline steam haulage. We travel in style aboard The Dalesman with a full breakfast served in the premier dining carriage as we journey direct to the old Midland Railway mainline at Hellifield. Here we change locomotives for a steam hauled journey over the roof of England on the Settle and Carlisle Railway. Passing through wild country at Ribblehead the line enters the verdant Eden valley as we travel through Westmorland towards Carlisle. It’s a remarkable journey through some of England’s finest landscape. The afternoon is spent in Carlisle which has interesting museums, a castle and a pleasant cathedral. Our return trip is steam hauled and dinner will be served on the train.
Today we take break from mainline steam and visit the National Railway Museum in York. We will have our own specialist-led tour and there will be time to explore the archives and exhibits. In the afternoon there will be a tour of historic York and free time to visit the city. There will also be an optional trip to the Kirklees Light Railway near Huddersfield for a narrow gauge steam experience during the afternoon.
Dinner will be available at the hotel or, if there is demand, on a riverboat cruise along the Ouse.
After breakfast and mid-morning coffee we travel first class aboard the Scarborough Spa Express for steam-haulage from York to the seaside. Scarborough is a delightful resort and there will be time to see the museums and excellent beaches together with the Spa and the funicular railways. There will be a visit to the narrow gauge North Bay Railway at Peasholm. We return by steam hauled express to York for early evening.
Today we visit the North York Moors Railway for a steam journey from Pickering to Whitby. There will be opportunity to have a guided tour and also to travel on a variety of trains. The afternoon could be spent in the highly attractive port of Whitby or travelling on the other steam trains working the line.
Dinner will be available at the hotel on our return but guests may wish to opt for a fish and chip supper in Whitby.
We say farewell to our guests after a leisurely breakfast.