UK Rail Journeys

The Holly And The Hoover (Day Trip)

Tour Date: Saturday 14 January 2023
Location: United Kingdom

A UK day trip by charter train through the Chiltern. Picking up at

  • Burton on Trent P2 (PU 05.10)
  • Tamworth P4 (PU 05.25)
  • Birmingham New Street P8 (PU / RM 06.10)
  • Coleshill Parkway P2 (PU 06.25)
  • Banbury P1 (PU 08.10)
  • London Marylebone P3 (PU 11.30/RM)

In conjunction with The Branch Line Society

We are delighted to announce a seasonal loco hauled exploration of the Chilterns, with a number of unusual lines added to the mix. For the track enthusiast, the highlights include Dn Arley Goods Loop in the Up direction, Banbury Dn Goods Loop in the Up Direction, Hinksey Yard, Gerrards Cross Dn platform in the Up Direction, Old Oak Common Engine & Carriage Line, Dn Bordesley Goods Loop and Up Washwood Heath Goods.

This charter, operated by SLC Operations, will feature Class 50 50008 ‘Thunderer’ operating top ‘n tail with Class 37, 37418. We will visit both London Marylebone and London Paddington as part of the itinerary.

Our Buffet Car will serve a wide range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and light refreshments. A number of hand-pulled real ales and ciders will be available.

There are two afternoon break options. You may alight at either Warwick or Stratford-upon-Avon, where a wide range of places to eat and drink may be enjoyed. A number of photo stop opportunities are included in the specification.

There will be a charity raffle, with all proceeds donated to Epilepsy Society

Tour Highlights

  • Private charter train
  • Dining option
  • Hauled by two heritage diesel, Class 50 locomotives (built 1968)

Tour Itinerary

All times and routing are indicative until confirmed by Network Rail. Final routing and timings are usually confirmed by Network Rail five days before travel and will be enclosed with your e-ticket

Burton on Trent P2 (PU 05.10) – Tamworth P4 (PU 05.25) – Birmingham New Street P8 (PU / RM 06.10) – Coleshill Parkway P2 (PU 06.25) – Dn Arley Goods Loop – Up Nuneaton Chord – Nuneaton P2 (PU 07.00) – Coventry – Leamington Spa Up Main – Dn Banbury Goods Loop – Banbury P1 (PU 08.10) – Oxford Up Oxford – Hinksey Yard (RM) – Oxford Dn Oxford – Bicester Village (photo stop) – Princes Risborough Up Main – Gerrards Cross P1 – West Ruislip P4 (photo stop) – London Marylebone P3 (PU 11.30/RM) – West Ruislip – Princes Risborough P3 – Banbury P2 – Leamington Spa Dn Main – Warwick P1 (SD 13.25) – Hatton P3 – Stratford-upon-Avon P1 (break / RM) – Hatton P3 – Warwick P2 (PU 16.30) – Leamington Spa Up Main – Banbury P3 – Bicester North P2 – Princes Risborough P2 – Gerrards Cross – West Ruislip Through Line – Greenford South Jn – West Ealing – London Paddington P9 (SD 18.50 / RM) – Carriage Line – Old Oak Common East Jn – West Ealing – Greenford West Jn – Princes Risborough P3 – Bicester North P2 (photo stop) – Banbury P2 (SD 21.20) – Leamington Spa Dn Main – Dorridge – Tyseley P2 (SD 22.15) – Dn Bordesley Goods Loop – Bordesley Jn – St Andrews Jn – Landor Street Jn – Up Washwood Heath Goods – Coleshill Parkway P2 (SD 22.50) – Up Whitacre – Tamworth P3 (SD 23.10) – Burton on Trent P1 (SD 23.30)

IMPORTANT FOR ALL BOOKINGS – PLEASE STATE WHERE YOU INTEND TO JOIN AND ALIGHT (this is for coach stewarding purposes and can be changed subsequently by notification).

Prices & Options

  • First Class Table for Two, non dining: £398 (per table)
  • First Class, Non Dining: £174 (per person)
  • Standard Class: £119 (per person