Steam in England
07 to 16 March 2020

England has an outstanding collection of steam locomotives that operate on a diverse selection of preserved railways. Geoff has offered tour
to these lines for many years, but in 2020 he is offering something different, a week long tour that features photo charters on four different
railways with big mainline steam locomotives. Working with Tanago, our partner tour operator, and photo charter specialists in England, this
tour offers a unique opportunity to go line-side with your camera. Transport and accommodation are included in this exciting package.  

Programme
The railways featured in this programme are run by volunteer preservation groups that may only finalise their plans in January each year
and start running trains in March or April. This programme is expected to run as advertised, but changes may become necessary due to
equipment availability, timetable changes and other factors beyond our control.  

Saturday, 07 March 2020
Meet this morning at London Heathrow Airport or at London Paddington Station. Around noon, depart on a First Great Western train to
Paignton.
Alternatively, travel
independently to Paignton and check into your hotel, which is within walking distance of Paignton station.
Overnight in a tourist class hotel in Paignton.
Meals: none

Sunday, 08 March 2020
The Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company (P&DSR for short), runs from the small harbour town of Paignton through the hilly
landscape of Devon to Kingswear at the mouth of the Dart River. The route runs close to the water at the beginning and end, in the northern
part very near the beach. Today we will be on the train the whole day to explore the photographic potential of the route during several trips.
This evening there will be a night shoot at Kingswear station.
Overnight stay in a tourist class hotel in Paignton. Meals: breakfast (may be packed).

Monday, 09 March 2020
We will turn an engine on the P&DSR today and run it from south to north, covering many new locations during the day. A late afternoon bus-
transfer takes us to Reading where we have booked a centrally located hotel that will be our base for the next few days.
Overnight in a tourist class hotel in Reading. Meals: breakfast (possibly packed).

Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Today we will run charter trains on the famous Midhants Railway, a standard gauge preserved railway from Hammersmith to Riddings.
Although the railway is also known for its large collection of operational diesel locomotives, we will show you the first-class photo spots here
with a classic steam train! Which steam locomotive will haul our train is not quite clear at the time of going to press, because the Midhants
Railway also makes money by renting steam locomotives out to other preservation groups. Planning for the 2020 season in the UK is
usually done at very short notice.
Overnight stay in a tourist class hotel in Reading. Meals: Breakfast (possibly packaged).

Wednesday, 11 March 2020
The Midhants Railway markets itself under the name "Watercress Line" - a reference to the history of the railway: since its foundation in
1884, the local farmers have used the trains to sell the watercress harvested in the surrounding rivers at the markets in London. In 1973
British Rail shut down the rail line after a significant decline in passenger numbers from the 1940s onwards, and even early diesel use did
not bring a turnaround. The line become home of the Midfhants Railway, it offers so many outstanding photo spots, and possesses also an
extensive locomotive and wagon roster, so that we will spend another day here with our charter trains.
Overnight stay in a tourist class hotel in Reading. Meals: Breakfast (possibly packed).

Thursday, 12 March 2020
Visit to the railway centre at Didcot, one of the highlights of last year's trip. Broad gauge steam locomotives, a really interesting railway
museum with lots of exhibits and a night photo session with locomotives under steam, fog machines, lighting and professional re-enactors
were very well received in 2019. For today's visit we want to offer more and will arrange more photo opportunities!
Overnight stay in a tourist class hotel in Reading. Meals: breakfast (may be packed).

Friday, 13 March 2020
Our last steam train on this trip will be on the Kent & East Sussex Railway. The line offers many very good photographic locations, and we
will use some smaller British steam locomotives classes that haven´t been seen on our tour so far. The 18,5 kilometers long line has its
operating centre at Tenterden.
Overnight stay in a tourist class hotel in Reading. Meals: Breakfast (possibly packed).


Saturday, 14 March 2020
We will walk the few metres from our hotel to the railway station after breakfast, where we will board the express-bus to London Heathrow
airport. The bus ticket is included in the tour price. You may alternatively book a train to any UK destination, the train ticket is not part of the
tour price.

Post tour extension
If you would like to spend a few more days exploring Britain's steam railways, spend the weekend with Geoff Cooke. The trains to and from
Kidderminster, hotel and Severn Valley Railway tickets will be provided at cost to Travel Club members.


Saturday, 14 March 2020
Travel from Reading to Kidderminster this morning. Spend the rest of the day riding on the Severn Valley Railway using a freedom of
the line rail pass.
Overnight: Kidderminster.

Sunday, 15 March 2020
Spend a second day on the Severn Valley Railway with a freedom of the line pass.
Overnight: Kidderminster.

Monday, 16 March 2020
This morning, take a direct train from Kidderminster to London Marylebone station.
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Geoff's Travel Club
Your tour:
Tanago Eisenbahnreisen will operate this tour and Geoff' Cooke will accompany you as group manager.

Booking, Deposits and final payments:
  • The best way to book your tour is via the Geoff's Trains (Geoff's Travel Club) booking form.
  • Your contract will be with Tanago and payment will be made to them in Euro.
  • Geoff will be your point of contact alongside the Tanago office, he will be happy to answer any queries that you have but Tanago will
    manage your tour arrangements.
  • When you book, Tanago will send you an insurance document that guarantees your payment to them until the tour has been
    concluded. The document will be in German, accompanied by a translation that explains it's content but does not form part of the
    legal document.
  • Full booking conditions will be sent to you by Tanago.

Tour prices:
If booking the complete program with transfers, accommodation in a shared twin or double room, but excluding the Severn Valley extension:
2,440 Euro per person (based on 20 participants minimum).
480 Euro. Single room supplement:

If booking the charter trains only (without transfers, accommodation, meals):
1,350 Euro per person (if at least 20 participants book this tour).

Our services (depending on the package booked):
  • Charter steam train(s) on the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company line
  • Visit to the Didcot Railway Center
  • Charter steam train(s) on the Midhands Railway
  • Charter trains on the Kent and East Sussex Railway
  • All necessary transfers, accommodation in tourist class hotels
  • Tour bus (if booked)
  • Meals as described
  • All entrance fees
  • Experienced Tanago tour guide (German + English speaking)
  • Geoff Cooke as your Geoff's Travel Club group manager

Not included in the tour price:
  • Tips
  • personal expenses
  • travel to and from the UK

The Severn Valley post-tour option
The prices for the main tour do not include the post tour option to the Severn Valley Railway, which will be finalised once 2020 prices are
confirmed. This is offered as a Geoff's Travel Club service - the trains to and from Kidderminster, hotel and Severn Valley Railway tickets will
be provided at cost to Travel Club members who book the main tour through
our website booking form, or who tell Tanago that they are a
Geoff's Travel Club member if they book direct with them.

Please book by 31. January 2020.
We also offer this tour with a small group supplement if we do not reach the minimum number of 20 participants.
You are also welcome to book separate days, please contact us for details.