Steam Railway Main Line Diary

‘7MT’ No. 70000  Britannia  hauls Jeremy Hosking’s private ‘Brexit Express’ through Bolton Percy just south of York on March 29, the planned day of Britain’s departure from the European Union. TOM NOBLE

‘7MT’ No. 70000 Britannia hauls Jeremy Hosking’s private ‘Brexit Express’ through Bolton Percy just south of York on March 29, the planned day of Britain’s departure from the European Union. TOM NOBLE

Your handy, all-in-one main line railtour diary

Here are all the main line railtours taking place in Britain and Ireland during the next month.* Check back here in four weeks' time for an updated railtour list.

Booking information can be found at the bottom of the page.

April

Sat 27 ‘The Great Britain XII’ (Day 1)
Paddington-Bristol-Kingswear-Exeter by No. 6233. RTC

Sat 27 ‘The White Rose’
King’s Cross-York and return by No. 60163. A1SLT

Sat 27 ‘The Chester Venturer’
Dorridge-Wolverhampton-Crewe-Chester-Shrewsbury-Dorridge by No. 7029. Vintage Trains

Sun 28 ‘The Great Britain XII’ (Day 2)
Exeter-Taunton-Minehead-Taunton by No. 6233. RTC

Mon 29-May 5 ‘The Jacobite’
Fort William-Mallaig and return by No. 45212. WCRC

Mon 29 ‘The Great Britain XII’ (Day 3)
Taunton-Bristol-Hereford-Wrexham-Chester by No. 6233. RTC

Tues 30 ‘The Great Britain XII’ (Day 4)
Chester-Shap-Beattock-Edinburgh by Nos. 60009 + 45407. RTC

Tues 30 ‘The Dalesman’
Hellfield-Settle-Carlisle and return by TBA. WCRC

May

Weds 1 ‘The Great Britain XII’ (Day 5)
Edinburgh-Aberdeen and return by No. 60009. RTC

Thurs 2 ‘The Great Britain XII’ (Day 6)
Edinburgh-Stranraer-Ayr by Nos. 1264 + 45407. RTC

Fri 3 ‘The Great Britain XII’ (Day 7)
Ayr-Troon-Carlisle by Nos. 1264 + 45407, Carlisle-Settle-Scarborough by No. 35018. RTC

Sat 4 Steam Dreams Excursion
Taunton-Kingswear and return by No. 61306. SDRCo.

Sat 4 ‘The Ynys Mon Express’
Leicester-Holyhead-Crewe by No. 60163. A1SLT

Sat 4 ‘The Welsh Marches Express’
Crewe-Shrewsbury-Hereford-Cardiff and return by No. 34046/46100/70000. Saphos Trains

Sat 4 ‘The Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza’
Dorridge-Wolverhampton-Llandudno and return by No. 7029. Vintage Trains

Sun 5 ‘The Great Britain XII’ (Day 9)
Scarborough-York by No. 35018, York‑Derby-Oxford-Paddington by No. 60103. RTC

Sun 5 Excursion
Linlithgow-Aberdeen and return by No. 60009. SRPS

Sun 5-Sat 11 ‘The Jacobite’
Fort William-Mallaig and return by No. 45212/45407. WCRC

Thurs 9 ‘Highlands & Islands’ (Day 1)
York-Edinburgh by No. 60103. SDRCo.

Thurs 9 ‘Waterford & Limerick Railtour’
Whitehead-Belfast-Dublin by TBA. RPSI

Fri 10 ‘Highlands & Islands’ (Day 2)
Edinburgh-Perth-Inverness by No. 60103. SDRCo.

Sat 11 ‘The Mad Hatter’
Darlington-York-Chester and return by No. 60163. A1SLT

Sat 11 ‘Highlands & Islands’ (Day 3)
Inverness-Dunrobin and return by No. 61306. SDRCo.

Sat 11 ‘Waterford & Limerick Railtour’
Dublin-Waterford by TBA. RPSI

Sun 12 ‘Highlands & Islands’ (Day 4)
Inverness-Kyle and return by No. 61306. SDRCo.

Sun 12-Sat 18 ‘The Jacobite’
Fort William-Mallaig and return by Nos. 45212 (pm Mon-Fri) & 45407 (Sun, am Mon-Sat). WCRC

Mon 13 ‘Highlands & Islands’ (Day 5)
Inverness-Fort William by No. 61306. SDRCo.

Mon 13 ‘Waterford & Limerick Railtour’
Waterford-Dublin-Belfast-Whitehead by TBA. RPSI

Tues 14 ‘The Dalesman’
Hellifield-Settle-Carlisle and return by TBA. WCRC

Weds 15 ‘Belmond British Pullman’
London Victoria-Bristol and return by No. 35028. Belmond

Weds 15 ‘The Highlands & Islands’ (Day 7)
Fort William-Penrith by No. 61306. SDRCo.

Fri 17 ‘The Highlands & Islands’ (Day 9)
Penrith-Euston by No. 61306. SDRCo.

Sat 18 ‘The Cumbrian Mountain Express’
Carnforth-Shap-Carlisle-Settle-Blackburn-Farington Jnc by No. 35018/45690/45699. RTC

Sat 18 ‘The Cotswold Explorer’
Dorridge-Worcester-Kemble-Oxford-Evesham-Worcester-Dorridge by No. 7029. Vintage Trains

Sun 19 ‘The Forth Circle’
Linlithgow-Kirkcaldy-Stirling-Dalmeny-Kirkcaldy-Stirling by No. 60103. SRPS

Sun 19-Sat 25 ‘The Jacobite’
Fort William-Mallaig and return by Nos. 45212 (pm Mon-Fri) & 62005 (Sun, am Mon-Sat)

Thurs 23 Steam Dreams Excursion
London Victoria-Staines-Reading-Kemble-Worcester and return by TBA. SDRCo.

Sat 25 ‘The Pennine Limited’
Hellifield-Settle-Carlisle and return by No. 45690/45699. RTC

Sat 25 ‘The Welsh Marches Express’
Dorridge-Snow Hill-Gloucester-Hereford-Wellington-Dorridge by No. 7029. Vintage Trains

Sun 26 Steam Dreams Excursion
King’s Cross-Lincoln-York by TBA. SDRCo.

Sun 26-June 2 ‘The Jacobite’
Fort William-Mallaig and return by Nos. 45212 (pm Mon-Fri) & 45407 (Sun, am Mon-Sat)

Tues 28 ‘The Dalesman’
Hellifield-Settle-Carlisle and return by TBA. WCRC

Thurs 30 ‘The Cathedrals Express’
London Victoria-Shalford and return (am and pm) by No. 60103. SDRCo.

Booking information: 

A1SLT: See UK Railtours
Belmond: 0845 0772 222 (www.belmond.com)
Pathfinder Tours: 01453 835414/834477 (www.pathfindertours.co.uk) 
RPSI: + 44 28 9358 6200 (www.steamtrainsireland.com
RTC: 01553 661500 (www.railwaytouring.net)
Saphos Trains: 0800 038 5320 (saphostrains.com
SRPS: 0131 202 1033 (www.srps.org.uk)
Steam Dreams (SDRCo.): 01483 209888 (www.steamdreams.co.uk)
Torbay Express: 01453 834477/835414 (www.torbayexpress.co.uk)
UK Railtours: 01438 715050 (www.ukrailtours.com)
Vintage Trains: 0121 708 4960 (www.vintagetrains.co.uk
West Coast Railways (WCRC): 0844 850 4685 (www.westcoastrailways.co.uk)

*Details correct at the time of publication