Friday, 30 September 2022

55009 ALYCIDON On The 3rd December 2022 - Swindon to Newcastle Return.

Deltic No. 55009 Alycidon will be running on the main line on Saturday, 3rd December when it hauls a Pathfinder Railtours special excursion from Swindon to York, Durham, and Newcastle. This will be the first time in three years that the loco will be running in service on the main line.

As well as having some of Britain’s best Christmas markets, these three cities have a wealth of history and fascinating sights to be explored. The train will depart from Swindon at 06.30, then call at Oxford at 07.15, Banbury 07.45, Leamington Spa 08.10, Dorridge 08.30, Tamworth 09.15, and Derby at 10.00.

First stop will be at 12.00 at York for a 6-hour visit. A Christmas market with many local traders selling artisan products has been held here since 1992.

Next stop is Durham with its epic skyline of castle and cathedral. Arrival here is at 13.15 and those travellers who decide to make the city their destination for the day will have 3½ hours to explore the historic city centre with its over 200 independent traders.

For passengers remaining on the train the final destination is Newcastle-upon-Tyne reached via the King Edward Bridge, which is one of seven bridges across the River Tyne. Arrival here is at 13.30, giving three hours to explore the stalls around Grey’s Monument, in Grainger Market, and on the Quayside.

Accommodation on the train will be in Riviera Trains’ MK.1 carriages. Adult tickets cost £129 for Standard Class, £185 First Class, and £299 for Premier Dining (not available from Derby). In First Class and Premier Dining, tables for two seats are available at a supplement of £40 per person. First Class passengers will receive two vouchers for refreshments from the buffet car during the journey.