|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 five different
railways all 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.
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
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.
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
Today we will visit the South Devon Railway, another standard gauge line in Devon,. This line used to be known as the Dart Valley Railway,
with the new name adopted after a change of ownership and new management. What hasn't changed is the typical rural character of the
train from Totnes to Buckfastleigh. Although it is only 10 km long, the line offers an unbelievable number of excellent photo spots with typical
English semaphore signals, a beautiful landscape and an extremely large variety of wagons, passenger cars and locomotives. We will be
busy all day with several different trains.
Overnight in a tourist class hotel in Poole. Meals: breakfast (may be packed).
Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Passenger traffic on the Swanage Railway ended in 1972, freight ended a little later and British Rail had the tracks removed in the same
year. Today the preserved part that starts from Swanage was gradually rebuilt by railway enthusiasts. We will travel on the scenic 16
kilometre standard gauge line with a photo charter.
Overnight stay in a tourist class hotel in Poole. Meals: breakfast (may bey packed).
Wednesday, 11 March 2020
The Swanage Railway offers so many outstanding photographic opportunities that we will stay here a second day, running another photo
charter with a different train and locomotive.
Overnight stay in a tourist class hotel in Winchester. Meals: breakfast (may be packed).
Thursday, 12 March 2020
Today we will visit the Midhants Railway, a standard gauge line from Hammersmith to Riddings. Although this preserved line is well known
for its large collection of operational diesel locomotives, we will experience the outstanding photo locations on offer with a classic steam
train. It has not been confirmed yet which steam locomotive will haul our train because the Midhants Railway hires out steam locomotives to
other preserved railways and planning for the 2020 season is not yet finalised. This afternoon, motor to Reading.
Overnight in a tourist class hotel in Reading. Meals: breakfast (may be packed).
Friday, 13 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).
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
Post tour extension
If you would like to spend a few more days exploring Britain's steam railways, join Geoff Cooke on the Severn Valley Railway based at
Kidderminster, his home town.
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.
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.
Sunday, 15 March 2020
Spend a second day on the Severn Valley Railway with a freedom of the line pass.
Monday, 16 March 2020
This morning, take a direct train from Kidderminster to London Marylebone station.
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07 November 2019