THE Railway Touring Co (RTC) has unveiled the route for its 11th grand tour of Britain in April 2018.
The nine-day steam extravaganza departs from London King’s Cross on April 19 behind No. 60103 Flying Scotsman (pictured), running north via Cambridge, Peterborough, Lincoln and York to Scarborough.
Day 2 sees the train take the scenic route from Scarborough to Edinburgh via Leeds, the Settle-Carlisle line, and the former Glasgow & South Western route from Carlisle to Glasgow via Kilmarnock.
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Stanier ‘Jubilees’ No. 45690 Leander and No. 45699 Galatea are booked to haul this leg of the trip.
After an overnight stay in the Scottish capital, ‘GB XI’ continues north behind ‘A4’ No. 60009 Union of South Africa, crossing the Forth and Tay bridges to reach Inverness via Aberdeen.
The following day features an optional return journey to Kyle of Lochalsh with ‘B1’ 4-6-0 No. 61264, before the long journey south begins on April 23.
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