• Carlisle – The Settle Carlisle

We are delighted to present our most exciting rail tour programme ever and would like you to be the first to discover our Compass Selection. Compass By West Coast Railways offers over 50 sensational rail journeys, taking you the length and breadth of the country by either vintage diesel or steam engine in traditional carefully restored Mark 1 carriages.

Many of our tours are old favourites such as journeys over the Settle to Carlisle line or along the spectacular Scottish Highland routes. Travel with the UK´s leading special trains operator.

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All tours include Std Class, First Class and Premier Dining seating, plus beautifully restored Mk1 carriages.

Wednesday 08 April 2015

The Salopian Express

Dumfries to Shrewsbury

Featuring steam haulage via the Cheshire Plains, Welsh Borders and Shropshire

Departing from: Dumfries, Annan, Gretna, Carlisle, Penrith, Oxenholme, Lancaster, Preston and Wigan.

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Saturday 11 April 2015

The Wight & Sussex Express

Hooton to Portsmouth

Hooton to Portsmouth & Chichester with optional tour of Sussex and Hampshire

Departing from: Hooton, Bache, Wrexham, Gobowen, Shrewsbury, Wellington, Telford, Wolverhampton, Rowley Regis, Stourbridge, Kidderminster and Worcester SH.

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Monday 13 April 2015

The North York Moors & Heartbeat Explorer

Chester to Whitby

Via the extremely scenic Esk Valley Railway

Departing from: Chester, Frodsham, Warrington (BQ), Wigan, Leyland, Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Brighouse.

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Wednesday 15 April 2015

The Royal Windsor Express

Holyhead to Windsor

With an option of a longer break in London (alighting Kensington station)

Departing from: Holyhead, Llanfairpwll, Bangor, Llandudno Junction, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, Flint, Chester, Crewe, Stafford and Lichfield TV.

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Saturday 25 April 2015

The Jolly Fisherman

Preston to Lincoln & Skegness

A choice of a fine cathedral city or traditional English Seaside Resort

Departing from: Preston, Wigan, St Helens Central, Liverpool Lime St, Liverpool South PW, Runcorn, Hartford, Crewe, Stoke, Blythe Bridge, Uttoxeter, Tutbury and Hatton.

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Friday 01 May 2015

The Cumbrian Lakelander

Southport to Carlisle

Featuring the Settle-Carlisle line and Cumbrian Coast in the same day!

Departing from: Southport, Burscough, Parbold, Wigan, Westhoughton, Bolton, Manchester Victoria, Rochdale & Todmorden.

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Wednesday 06 May 2015

The Eastern Cathedrals Express

Carnforth to Ely & Norwich

Join us for a relaxing day out to your choice of two fine cathedral cities

Departing from: Carnforth, Bentham, Hellifield, Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Wakefield KG, Doncaster & Retford.

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Saturday 09 May 2015

The Sussex Coast Explorer

Stockport to Brighton & Eastbourne

Visiting your choice of 2 of Southern England’s best seaside resorts

Departing from: Stockport, Altrincham, Knutsford, Northwich, Delamere, Chester, Crewe, Stafford, Lichfield & Tamworth.

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Wednesday 20 May 2015

The Cornish Explorer

Chester to Penzance

Visiting your choice of 3 beautiful Cornish towns and cities

Departing from: Chester, Wrexham, Ruabon, Gobowen, Shrewsbury, Craven Arms, Ludlow, Leominster, Hereford & Bristol.

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Friday 29 May 2015

The West Highlander

Preston to Fort William

Via the unforgettably scenic West Highland Line

Departing from: Preston, Lancaster, Oxenholme, Penrith, Carlisle, Lockerbie, Carstairs, Motherwell & Westerton.

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Wednesday 03 June 2015

The Edinburgh Dalesman

Saltburn to Edinburgh

Outward via the very scenic Settle – Carlisle Railway

Departing from: Saltburn, Redcar Central, Middlesbrough, Thornaby, Eaglescliffe, Darlington.

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Friday 05 June 2015

The Strathspey Highlander

Newcastle to Inverness

Via the Forth Bridge and beautiful Highland Mainline

Departing from: Newcastle, Cramlington, Morpeth, Alnmouth, Berwick, Dunbar, Longniddry, Musselburgh & Edinburgh Waverley .

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Sunday 07 June 2015

The Heart of Wales Scenic Rambler

Durham to Cardiff

Returning via the breath-taking Heart of Wales line

Departing from: Durham, Darlington, Northallerton, Thirsk & York.

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Friday 12 June 2015

The Edinburgh Lakelander

Clitheroe to Edinburgh

Featuring both the Cumbrian Coast and Settle – Carlisle routes

Departing from: Clitheroe, Whalley, Blackburn, Preston, Lancaster, Carnforth, Arnside, Grange-over-Sands, Ulverston & Barrow.

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Wednesday 17 June 2015

The Yorkshire Coast Dalesman

Whitehaven to Scarborough

Via the scenic Settle – Carlisle railway

Departing from: Whitehaven, Workington, Maryport, Aspatria, Wigton, Carlisle, Langwathby, Appleby & Kirkby Stephen.

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Wednesday 24 June 2015

The Heart of Wales Scenic Rambler

Blackpool to Cardiff

Via the scenic Heart of Wales Railway

Departing from: Blackpool North, Poulton, Preston, Euxton, Wigan NW, Newton-le-Willows, Warrington Bank Quay, Hartford, Crewe & Shrewsbury.

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Friday 03 July 2015

The Conway Valley Explorer

Grantham to Betws-Y-Coed

Via the Scenic Conway line (with Ffestiniog Railway option)

Departing from: Grantham, Peterborough, Stamford, Oakham, Melton Mowbray, Leicester, South Wigston, Hinckley, Nuneaton, Tamworth, Lichfield TV, Rugeley TV & Stafford.

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Saturday 04 July 2015

The Conway Valley Explorer

Lincoln to Betws-Y-Coed

Via the Scenic Conway line (with Ffestiniog Railway option)

Departing from: Lincoln, Newark NG, Grantham, Bottesford, Bingham, Radcliffe, Netherfield, Nottingham, Tutbury & Hatton, Uttoxeter, Blythe Bridge & Stoke.

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Wednesday 08 July 2015

The Forth & Tay Express

York to Dundee

Via the world famous Forth & Tay Bridges

Departing from: York, Northallerton, Darlington, Eaglescliffe, Stockton, Billingham, Hartlepool, Sunderland & Newcastle.

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Friday 10 July 2015

The Fylde Coast Lakelander

Alnmouth to Blackpool

Out via the Cumbrian Coast, returning Settle – Carlisle line

Departing from: Alnmouth, Morpeth, Cramlington, Newcastle, Metro Centre, Hexham, Haltwhistle, Brampton & Carlisle.

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Wednesday 22 July 2015

The Cotswold Cathedrals Explorer

St Helens to Oxford

Including a tour along the beautiful Cotswold Railway

Departing from: St Helens Central, Prescot, Liverpool Lime St, Liverpool South Parkway, Runcorn, Crewe, Whitchurch, Shrewsbury, Wellington & Telford.

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Saturday 25 July 2015

The Fenland Norfolkman

Huddersfield to Norwich & Great Yarmouth

Choose from an amazing cathedral city or lovely seaside resort!

Departing from: Huddersfield, Wakefield KG, Swinton, Rotherham, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Alfreton, Langley Mill, Nottingham, Netherfield, Radcliffe & Grantham.

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Saturday 01 August 2015

The West Highlander

Carlisle to Fort William

Via the unforgettably scenic West Highland Line

Departing from: Carlisle, Annan, Dumfries, Sanquhar, Auchinleck, Kilmarnock, Irvine, Kilwinning & Paisley Gilmour St .

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Wednesday 05 August 2015

The Edinburgh Dalesman

Southport to Edinburgh

Featuring an outward run via the famous Settle – Carlisle line

Departing from: Southport, Burscough, Parbold, Wigan & Leyland.

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Saturday 08 August 2015

The Edinburgh Dalesman

Altincham to Edinburgh

Featuring an outward run via the famous Settle – Carlisle line

Departing from: Altrincham, Knutsford, Northwich, Acton Bridge, Runcorn, Liverpool South Parkway, Liverpool LST, Prescot & .

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Saturday 15 August 2015

The Jolly Fisherman

Chester to Skegness

A traditional 1970s and 80s style day out to the English Seaside by “direct train”

Departing from: Chester, Crewe, Stafford, Rugeley Trent Valley, Lichfield TV, Tamworth, Nuneaton, Hinckley & Leicester.

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Sunday 16 August 2015

The Edinburgh Festival Express

Holyhead to Edinburgh

Direct to the nation’s finest City during Festival Season

Departing from: Holyhead, Llanfairpwll, Bangor, Llandudno Junction, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, Flint, Chester, Frodsham & Warrington.

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Wednesday 19 August 2015

The Edinburgh Festival Express

Carnforth to Edinburgh

Direct to the nation’s finest City during Festival Season

Departing from: Carnforth, Bentham, Hellifield, Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Wakefield KG, York & Northallerton.

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Friday 28 August 2015

The Fenland Norfolkman

Bishop Auckland to Norwich

Choose from an amazing cathedral city or lovely seaside resort!

Departing from: Bishop Auckland, Shildon, Newton Aycliffe, Darlington, Northallerton, Thirsk, York, Newark, Grantham & Peterborough.

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Sunday 30 August 2015

The West Highlander

North Berwick to Fort William

Via the unforgettably scenic West Highland Line

Departing from: North Berwick, Longniddry, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, Linlithgow, Falkirk High, Bishopbriggs & Westerton.

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Wednesday 02 September 2015

The Heart of Wales Scenic Rambler

Leeds to Cardiff

Via the scenic Heart of Wales Railway

Departing from: Leeds, Dewsbury, Mirfield, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge, Burnley, Accrington, Blackburn & Leyland.

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Friday 04 September 2015

The Royal Windsor Express

Carnforth to Windsor

With an option of a longer break in London (alighting Kensington station)

Departing from: Carnforth, Lancaster, Preston, Wigan, Bolton, Manchester Victoria, Denton, Stockport, Macclesfield & Stoke.

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Wednesday 09 September 2015

The Conway Valley Explorer

Sheffield to Betws-Y-Coed

Via the Scenic Conway line (with Ffestiniog Railway option)

Departing from: Sheffield, Rotherham Central, Swinton, Moorthorpe, Normanton, Shipley, Keighley, Skipton, Hellifield, Carnforth & Lancaster.

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Saturday 12 September 2015

The Conway Valley Explorer

Scarborough to Betws-Y-Coed

Via the Scenic Conway line (with Ffestiniog Railway option)

Departing from: Scarborough, Seamer, Malton, York, Wakefield, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden & Rochdale.

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Wednesday 16 September 2015

The East Coast Seaside Express

Barrow to Scarborough

The perfect day out to end your year’s summer season!

Departing from: Barrow, Ulverston, Grange-over-Sands, Arnside, Carnforth, Long Preston & Skipton.

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Wednesday 23 September 2015

The Cumbrian Lakelander

Buxton to Carlisle

Via the scenic Settle – Carlisle railway, returning via the Cumbrian Coast

Departing from: Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, New Mills, Hazel Grove, Stockport, Denton, Manchester Victoria, Swinton, Atherton & Wigan.

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Saturday 26 September 2015

The William Wallace Express

Whitehaven to Stirling & Perth

Choose from 2 of Scotland’s finest cities on this “easy-user” day out!

Departing from: Whitehaven, Workington, Maryport, Aspatria, Wigton, Carlisle, Brampton, Carlisle & Lockerbie.

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Friday 02 October 2015

The North Highlander Weekend

Hereford to Inverness

JOIN OUR LUXURY WEEKEND LANDCRUISE TO THE NORTH HIGHLANDS!

Departing from: Hereford, Ledbury, Gt Malvern, Worcester Foregate St, Kidderminster, Stourbridge JCN, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Crewe, Warrington, Wigan, Preston & Lancaster.

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Saturday 10 October 2015

The Conway Valley Explorer

Hereford to Betws-Y-Coed

Via the Scenic Conway line (with Ffestiniog Railway option)

Departing from: Hereford, Ledbury, Gt Malvern, Worcester FS, Droitwich, Barnt Green, Walsall & Wolverhampton.

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Wednesday 14 October 2015

The Cumbrian Lakelander

Kidderminster to Carlisle

Featuring both the Cumbrian Coast and Settle – Carlisle routes in the same day!

Departing from: Kidderminster, Stourbridge, Rowley Regis, Tame Bridge, Walsall, Cannock, Hednesford, Rugeley Town, Stafford & Crewe.

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Friday 16 October 2015

The Heart of Wales Scenic Rambler

Watford to Cardiff

Via the scenic Heart of Wales Railway

Departing from: Watford JCN, Hemel Hempstead, Tring, Leighton Buzzard, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Rugby, Nuneaton, Coleshill Parkway, Walsall & Wolverhampton .

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Friday 04 December 2015

The Festive Jorvik Express

Hereford to York

Via the Pennines for Christmas Shopping and Sightseeing

Departing from: Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Craven Arms, Shrewsbury, Gobowen, Wrexham, Chester, Delamere & Northwich.

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Saturday 05 December 2015

The Festive Jorvik Express

Worcester to York

Via the Pennines for Christmas Shopping and Sightseeing

Departing from: Worcester, Droitwich, Kidderminster, Stourbridge, Rowley Regis, Tame Bridge, Walsall, Cannock, Hednesford, Rugeley Town, Stafford & Stoke.

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Wednesday 09 December 2015

The Festive Settle Scotsman

Todmorden to Edinburgh

Featuring a run via the famous Settle – Carlisle line

Departing from: Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge, Brighouse, Wakefield KG, Shipley, Keighley, Skipton & Hellifield.

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Saturday 12 December 2015

The Festive Bath & Avon Explorer

Preston to Bath & Bristol

Choice of Bath with many historical attractions, or Bristol to see the beautiful maritime city

Departing from: Preston, Chorley, Horwich, Bolton, Manchester Victoria, Denton, Stockport, Macclesfield, Stoke & Stafford.

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Wednesday 16 December 2015

The Festive Capitals Express

Barrow to London

(FIRST DIRECT TRAIN FROM THE BARROW-CARNFORTH LINE IN 25 YEARS?)

Departing from: Barrow, Ulverston, Grange over Sands, Arnside, Carnforth, Lancaster, Preston, Leyland, Wigan & Warrington.

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Friday 18 December 2015

The Festive Settle Scotsman

Blackpool to Edinburgh

Featuring a run via the famous Settle – Carlisle line

Departing from: Blackpool, Poulton, Preston, Blackburn, Whalley, Clitheroe & Hellifield.

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