A look back to last year’s special to Bournemouth. MARK V PIKE
TICKETS have gone on sale this morning for the third charity train The RM is running in conjunction with Virgin Trains and Direct Rail Services.
Called ‘The Independent Yorkshireman’ , the excursion will run on September 3 and starting at Chester hauled by a Class 57/3 calling at Crewe (pick up) before running via Alsager and Stoke so as to continue to Stafford (pick up) using the new Norton Bridge flyover.
Here the train will reverse direction with a pair of DRS Class 37s taking the train right through to Scarborough, running via the new down fast line at Norton Bridge, Crewe Independent lines, Crewe Coal Yard, Warrington Bank Quay (pick up), Chat Moss, Manchester Victoria, Hebden Bridge, Wakefield Kirkgate, Church Fenton, York (set down) and Scarborough. There will be approximately five hours in York and three in Scarborough.
Return route from Scarborough and York is via Knottingley, Doncaster, Sheffield, Hope Valley, Hazel Grove, Altrincham, Northwich, Greenbank, Acton Bridge, Warrington BQ (sd and rev), Helsby, Chester (sd rev), Crewe, up independent lines, Stafford (sd) and Crewe.
Ticket prices are: Adult standard £85, child (5-15) £20, adult first £125, child £30, and are sold on a first come, first served basis. Child bookings must be booked with the ticket of a fare-paying adult and cannot be booked separately under any circumstances. Under 5s are free, but cannot occupy a seat.
The first class fare includes breakfast, tea, coffee and a hot evening snack. The train will have a buffet car and also real ale bar. Charities being supported from the proceeds include the Mental Health Foundation.
To book seats, call 01507 529529 from 08.30 to 19.00 Monday to Friday and 08.30 to 12.30 Saturday