This railtour sees No. 5043 ‘Earl of Mount Edgcumbe’ sprint along the West Coast main line from Wolverhampton to Crewe, then turn west towards our destination, the Cathedral City of Chester. Chester, apart from having one of the most spectacular cathedrals in the country, is a classic, contemporary city bursting with must see treasures, 2000 years of history and spectacular shopping. From the City Walls, dating back to the Roman occupation, the 1000-year-old Chester Cathedral and the Eastgate Clock, one of the most photographed in the world, Chester is steeped in history for you to discover.
Our return journey includes a brief photo-stop at Chirk, then takes us along the route of the Shrewsbury, Oswestry & Chester Junction Railway formed in 1845.
Of this railway, Bradshaw writes,
‘To the tourist, this line of railway holds out peculiar attractions. The Vale of Gresford, the grounds of Wynnstay, the valley of the Dee and the vale of Llangollen, offer some of the most beautiful views, unsurpassed for grandeur and picturesque effect. Here Cambria discloses herself between the mountains of Trevor and Berwyn, and by her own sacred Dee, the happy valley which leads to the scenes of the richest beauty, where amidst her mountains and lakes she reveals in all her splendour of rocks, woods and streams.’
Please note: Due to the length of the journey, dining is not available for passengers joining or alighting at Wolverhampton.
Steam hauled throughout by No. 5043 “Earl of Mount Edgcumbe”.
|Saturday 30th September – ‘Shropshire Express’|
|Tyseley Warwick Road||09:00||20:05|
|Birmingham New Street||—||19:35|
|Tame Bridge Parkway||—||19:10|
|Chirk (Photo Opportunity)||—||17:15 to 17:35|