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Chiltern Hills Steam, Rail & Ale Trail

A popular steam tour commencing with an evening social and light snacks at the Bekonscot Model Village Steam Railway. A steam charter at the Leighton Buzzard Railway, visit to Didcot Railway Centre, private steam charter at Cholsey & Wallingford Railway, and the rare model railway collection at Pendon Museum, plus a pint of real ale & meal at Fancott pub with its miniature railway. Add in the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway and a first time visit to Ruislip Lido Railway.. A wonderful break.

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5 days from £549

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 21 July 2022

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

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

  • Steam charter at the recently extended Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway

  • Pint & buffet at the Fancott pub & miniature railway

  • Steam Up at Didcot Railway Centre

  • Steam charter & real ale on the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway

  • Steam at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

  • First time visit to Ruislip Lido Railway

  • Model rail layouts at Pendon Museum

  • Based in High Wycombe

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 4 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation

  • 1 lunch and 2 buffet dinners

  • 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 High Wycombe, the chair making town 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, recently extended, 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 Fancott pub which has its own miniature railway where we sample the local ale along with a buffet meal.

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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 to enjoy GWR steam plus photo opportunities. 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 journey to Pendon Museum to view their model railway layouts before continuing to Cholsey for our private steam charter on the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway where we've requested an unusual Sentinel Steam locomotive for our charter. We return to our hotel for an evening of leisure.

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DAY 4

Another day in Great Western territory taking the branch line train from High Wycombe 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. The round trips are expected to be shared between steam and heritage diesel haulage. We then travel by train to West Ruislip for a transfer to the Ruislip Lido Railway for a journey on this mile long 12" gauge line which is the only one in the country.

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DAY 5

After breakfast it's time to bid farewell and make our way homeward.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Travelodge High Wycombe

This comfortable, modern hotel is located just half a mile walk from the station and is ideally located for the Eden shopping centre, town centre shops and restaurants. The comfortable bedrooms have en-suite bathroom, TV, Wi-Fi, and tea & coffee making facilities. Single travellers have sole occupancy of a double room. The onsite restaurant and bar serve buffet breakfast and evening meals.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First*

Standard

London: Marylebone

N/A

£579

Greater London

£589

£579

South of England

£645

£615

East Anglia

£645

£615

South West

£735

£675

Heart of England

£649

£605

Midlands

£769

£649

Yorkshire

£735

£649

North East

£775

£675

North West

£809

£679

South Wales

£715

£659

North Wales

£809

£679

Scotland

£895

£685


 

*Please Note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class seating only and First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of their journey.

 

Join & Leave at Hotel £559

 

£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

 

Single Room Supplement £100

 

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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Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 5JW
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