WHAT could be the final chance to enjoy ‘A4’ No. 60009 Union of South Africa over the Settle to Carlisle Line heads a varied programme of days out being organised by UK Railtours for the first half of 2019.
On March 9, the popular ‘Streak’ will take over the as-yet untitled train in York and head via Leeds and Skipton to the ‘Long Drag’. After a break for a locomotive change in Carlisle, the return route to London is via Newcastle and the East Coast Main Line, completing an enticing day through varied scenery. Fares start at £119 in Standard Class.
A week later the ‘Somerset Strimmer’ (RM Oct) will head from London Victoria to the East Somerset Railway at Cranmore, with a DB Cargo Class 59/2 at the helm.
A rather different enthusiast tour is planned for March 30, taking in many rare lines and freight branches in and around London. ‘Ye Olde Blackfriar’ will pair two GB Railfreight Class 73s (‘73/1s’ have been requested) and London Transport Museum’s red ‘4-TC’ set for an intensive exploration of London’s railways.
Starting at Blackfriars, the tour will visit Cannon Street, London Bridge, Lewisham, Hayes, Ladywell Spur, London Bridge, Grove Park, Bromley North, Lee Spur, Crayford Spur, Charlton, Angerstein Wharf, Charlton, Dartford, Strood, the Medway Valley line, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Redhill, Purley, Tattenham Corner, Purley, Tulse Hill, Tooting, Wimbledon, Weybridge Flat Crossing, Virginia Water, Hounslow, Kew, Willesden SW Sidings, Kensington Olympia, Pouparts Junction, Canterbury Road Junction and Elephant & Castle before returning to Blackfriars.
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