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Chiltern Hills Steam, Rail & Ale Trail

Chiltern Hills Steam, Rail & Ale Trail

A superb variety of steam, from garden railways to a standard gauge steam gala, as we visit FIVE steam venues and journey through attractive scenery on this amazing short break based in historic Aylesbury.

5 days from £589

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 27 August 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bekonscot Model Village and Miniature Railway - Private evening visit with buffet

  • Steam charter at the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway

  • Tour of The Malt Brewery, Prestwood

  • Bank Holiday Steam at Didcot Railway Centre

  • Sentinel Steam on the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway

  • Trip on the Scenic Henley Branch (The Reagater Line)

  • Steam and Ploughman’s Lunch at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

  • Vintage Bus to Quainton Road

  • Visit Buckinghamshire Railway Centre for their Gala and Bus Rally

  • Stay in Aylesbury, the county town of Buckinghamshire

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 4 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation

  • 2 lunches and 1 cold buffet dinner

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • All excursions & admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

Arrive in Aylesbury, the county town of Buckinghamshire and after depositing luggage at the Travelodge we travel by train to Beaconsfield where we have a private evening visit to Bekonscot Model Village which has recently been extended. We will have a welcome talk on the history of this the world's oldest model village. After which you'll be free to explore 1930s England in miniature at your leisure including a tour of the replica Great Western Railway Signal Box which oversees the running of the extensive Gauge 1 Model Railway using an ex Southern Region Lever Frame. During the visit we will have a light buffet dinner with a drink included and take a ride on the short but unique 7 ¼" gauge Bekonscot Light Railway.

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DAY 2

This morning we travel by coach to the Leighton Buzzard Railway where we have arranged a private steam hauled charter on this delightful narrow-gauge line which was originally built to carry sand from the quarries. We'll visit the sheds at both ends of the line to view the extensive collection of ex industrial railway locomotives and rolling stock. We have a sandwich lunch at the railway before our coach then takes us to The Malt Brewery where we have a guided tour and sample the local ale along with a souvenir glass.

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DAY 3

Today we have a very Great Western Day! Our coach takes us to Didcot Railway Centre home of the Great Western Society for their Bank Holiday Steam Up with three or more of their locomotives scheduled to be in steam, photo opportunities and double-heading. We also have ample time to view their fine collection of other Great Western Steam Locomotives, carriages, wagons and architecture. We then take a short train journey to Cholsey where we ride the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway where we've requested an unusual Sentinel Steam locomotive. After our visit we travel by scheduled train service along the scenic Thames Valley section of Great Western Main Line to Tywford where we change to the Henley Branch. An attractive rural branch line with views of the River Thames. We have some free time in Henley-on-Thames before transferring back to Aylesbury.

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DAY 4

Another day in Great Western territory taking the branch line train from Aylesbury to Princes Risborough and changing here for a steam train on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway which runs along the base of Bledlow Ridge. After arrival at Chinnor, we take two round trips of the line whilst a Ploughman's Lunch and beer is served. The first round trip will be diesel hauled and the second steam. The rest of the day is yours to make use of your rover ticket or explore Princes Risborough at your leisure.

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DAY 5

This morning we take a vintage bus to Quainton Road, home of the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, for its annual Bank Holiday Steam Gala. With four locomotives scheduled to be in steam whilst the day itself is free to explore the site with its wide variety of different rolling stock including NCB No. 66, the last standard gauge steam locomotive to be commercially built in Britain, an ex South African Steam Locomotive, Sentinel Steam Power Multiple Unit and London Underground trains. You will have unlimited rides of their demonstration line and the chance to take a trip on the extensive Golding Spring Miniature Railway. This, one of the oldest heritage venues, faces an uncertain future in its current guise and this may be the last opportunity for us to experience it in its original form. After returning to Aylesbury passengers booking our rail inclusive package will journey homeward by train whilst those having booked the Tour Base fare travel homeward independently.

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HOTEL

Travelodge Aylesbury Central

This comfortable, modern hotel is located just a 10 minute walk away from the station and is ideally located in the town centre. Every room has a comfy king size Dreamer™ bed, complete with a cosy duvet and four plump pillows. Rooms also have en-suite shower rooms, a spacious desk, a TV with freeview and WiFi. Enjoy complimentary hair and body wash and coffee and tea making facilities. Single travellers have sole occupancy of a double room.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Marylebone

N/A

£625

Greater London

N/A

£639

South of England

£715

£659

East Anglia

£705

£665

South West

£809

£735

Heart of England

£725

£665

Midlands

£839

£695

Yorkshire

£845

£735

North East

£905

£769

North West

£889

£725

South Wales

£785

£719

North Wales

£889

£725

Scotland

£929

£779


 

Tour Base Fare £599 (Join and leave at Hotel)

 

£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

 

Single Room Supplement £149

 

4 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation

1 Traditional Ploughman’s Lunch

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

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