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London to Chesterfield for Chatsworth

London to Chesterfield for Chatsworth


Destinations   Ecclesbourne Railway    Crich Tram Village    Chesterfield    Barrow Hill



Barrow Hill

Barrow Hill Roundhouse is a unique example of 19th century railway architecture. It houses one of the largest collections of diesel, electric and, of course, steam locomotives in the country.



Fares

Fares from
Pullman Style Dining £274
Premier Dining £219
Premium Standard £109


Trip Specific Information


This trip will be steam-hauled on the outward journey and diesel-hauled on the return journey.

We set out, steam hauled, from Ealing Broadway as your steward welcomes you aboard. We begin our journey along the West Coast Main Line before joining rarely-used Marston Vale Line to Bedford, and then the Midland Main Line. We travel through the Midlands to reach Derbyshire where you have the option to join different excursions in the Peak District.

You have the option to join an excursion to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Derbyshire's longest heritage railway. This includes a coach transfer from a nearby station, likely to be Alfreton or Ilkeston, and a journey along the 9 mile line as well as a visit to the museum at Wirksworth. You will be transferred back to Chesterfield to meet the train for your homeward journey.

Alternatively, you can choose to visit the National Tramway Museum at Crich, which contains over 60 trams, set within a recreated period village containing a working pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop and tram depots.

Alight at Chesterfield for an excursion to Chatsworth House, a magnificent English country house with beautiful formal gardens. Alternatively, continue to Barrow Hill Roundhouse to see our steam locomotive being serviced.

After a wonderful afternoon at the destination of your choice, we will travel back to London Euston diesel-hauled.

DINING ON BOARD

Dining passengers will be served a breakfast on the outward journey and an evening meal on the return journey. Dining passengers boarding at Bedford will be served a two course meal.


Locomotive


This trip will be steam-hauled on the outward journey and diesel hauled on the return journey.


Built for the London & North Eastern Railway, 61306 is one of two surviving B1 Class locomotives.

The B1's were designed as mixed traffic locomotives capable of hauling express passenger trains as well as freight traffic. As powerful, go anywhere engines, the B1's worked across most of the UK rail network from East Anglia to Scotland.

Mayflower was built in 1948 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow but was delivered post-nationalisation and acquired the number 61306 by British Railways. She was first allocated to Hull Botanic Gardens Depot followed by a spell at Hull Dairycotes Depot before being finally transferred to Low Moor Depot, Bradford. She was the last B1 in service, her final trip was hauling the 'Yorkshire Pullman' from Leeds in September 1967.

Mayflower was immediately purchased for preservation and was initially based at Steamtown in Carnforth. She was fully restored for mainline operation and was given the name 'Mayflower' in 1970 by the then owner to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the sailing of the original Mayflower from Plymouth. She worked a number of railtours in the 1970's.

Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul. Resplendent in the early British Railways apple green livery as she was originally given when delivered in 1948 she returned to full mainline operation in early 2019.

Mayflower has two cylinders, 6 driving wheels, a firebox grate area of 30 square feet and can operate at 75mph.

Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the trips listed, it cannot be guaranteed.


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Please note this trip will depart from Ealing Broadway and return to London Euston.

The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion

Estimated Timings Outward Return
London 0800 2140
Bletchley 0920 2030
Ridgmont 0940 2010
Bedford 1020 1945
Ecclesbourne Railway 1315 1700
Crich Tram Village 1320 1700
Chesterfield 1320 1745
Barrow Hill 1330 1700


Trip:

London to Chesterfield for Chatsworth

Departs:

Thursday 9th June 2022

From:

London , Bletchley , Ridgmont , Bedford

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