Welsh Marches with No. 5596 'Bahamas' re-scheduled to Saturday 20th July

Re-scheduled from 29th June to 20th July.

The Welsh Marches line traverses the hills of Central Wales, starting at Newport and running to Shrewsbury by way of Abergavenny, Hereford and Craven Arms. Our day begins with a steam departure from Dorridge, stopping at Solihull, Tyseley (Mainline) and Birmingham Snow Hill, before heading down Old Hill bank and joining the old Birmingham & Gloucester railway with the Cotswold Hills looming majestically to our left. We continue through Gloucester, across the River Severn and along the western bank of the estuary with its breathtaking views, passing through Chepstow and heading into South Wales. At Maindee Junction, we turn North, bypassing Newport and onto the Welsh Marches line for the climb towards Abergavenny and Hereford with spectacular views of the Black Mountains including the famous Sugar Loaf.

We stop for an afternoon break at the cathedral city of Hereford. Hereford was founded in Saxon times. With a medieval bridge over the River Wye, it retains a mix of buildings from almost every architectural era. The Cathedral, established in the 7th Century, contains the famous 800-year old St Stephen’s Chair. The Mappa Mundi, a 13th Century view of the known world, is housed in the Cathedrals library.

After rejoining the train, our journey continues through Dinmore Tunnels, Craven Arms and around Shrewsbury, before looping back to the Midlands through Wolverhampton, Bescot and through Birmingham New Street.

Commencing at Dorridge, additional pickups at Solihull, Tyseley (Mainline Station) and Birmingham Snow Hill (returns to B’Ham New Street).


 ‘Welsh Marches’ with No: 45596 'Bahamas' - 20th July
 Confirmed Timings  Outward:  Return:
 Dorridge 07:40  20.25
 Solihull 07:52  20.16
 Tyseley (Mainline Station) 08:03  20:07
 Birmingham Moor Street   08:14  ---- 
Birmingham Snow Hill  08:22  ----
 Birmingham New Street   ----  19:43 
Hereford  12.41  17:10


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