• 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 Railtours Selection. Railtours 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 17 February 2016

The Pendle Dalesman

Coventry to Carlisle

Travel by Steam on the Settle to Carlisle line

Departing from: Coventry, Birmingham, Sandwell & Dudley, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Stoke, Kidsgrove, Congleton and Macclesfield.

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Saturday 12 March 2016

The Pendle Dalesman

Hereford to Carlisle

Travel by Steam on the Settle to Carlisle line

Departing from: Hereford, Ledbury, Gt Malvern, Worcester, Droitwich, Bromsgrove, Walsall, Bloxwich, Cannock and Rugeley.

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Wednesday 16 March 2016

The Wight & Sussex Express

Hooton to Portsmouth

Hooton to Historic Portsmouth

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

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Wednesday 23 March 2016

The Royal Windsor Express

Holyhead to Windsor

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

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

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Wednesday 06 April 2016

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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Friday 22 April 2016

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, Wigan and Preston.

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Saturday 30 April 2016

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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Saturday 07 May 2016

The Cumbrian Lakelander

Holyhead to Carlisle

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

Departing from: Holyhead, Llanfairpwll, Bangor, Llandudno Jcn, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, Prestatyn, Flint, Chester, Warrington and Wigan.

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Wednesday 11 May 2016

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, Normanton, Adwick, & Retford.

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Saturday 21 May 2016

The Tyne Valley Explorer

Bedford to Carlisle

Via the scenic Settle – Carlisle railway, returning via the Tyne Valley

Departing from: Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, Derby and Chesterfield.

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Wednesday 25 May 2016

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 08 June 2016

The Forth & Tay Express

Whitehaven to Dundee

Travel across the famous Tay Bridge

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

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Saturday 18 June 2016

The Royal Windsor Express

Bishop Auckland to Windsor

Bishop Auckland to Windsor

Departing from: Bishop Auckland, Shildon, Newton Aycliffe, Darlington, Thirsk & York.

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Tuesday 21 June 2016

The Salisbury Cathedral Express

Carnforth to Bath & Salisbury

Choice of Destinations, Bath or Salisbury

Departing from: Carnforth, Lancaster, Preston, Chorley, Horwich, Bolton, Manchester Piccadilly, Stockport, Macclesfield, Congleton, Kidsgrove & Stoke.

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Wednesday 13 July 2016

The Conwy Valley Explorer

Harrogate to Betws-Y-Coed

Via the Scenic Conway line (with Ffestiniog Railway option)

Departing from: Harrogate, Knaresborough, York, Church Fenton, Leeds, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Stalybridge & Manchester.

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Wednesday 27 July 2016

The Welsh Valley Explorer

Barrow to Cardiff

Via the scenic Heart of Wales Railway

Departing from: Barrow, Ulverston, Grange Over Sands, Arnside, Carnforth, Lancaster, Preston, Wigan, Warrington Bank Quay & Crewe.

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Wednesday 10 August 2016

The Conwy Valley Explorer II

Worcester to Betws-Y-Coed

Via the Scenic Conway line (with Ffestiniog Railway option)

Departing from: Worcester, Droitwich, Kidderminster, Stourbridge, Rowley Regis, Tame Bridge Parkway, Walsall, Cannock, Hednesford, Rugeley, & Safford.

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Wednesday 24 August 2016

The Sussex Coast Explorer II

Chester to Chichester & Brighton

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

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

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Wednesday 31 August 2016

The Royal Windsor Express II

Southport to Windsor

Southport to Windsor

Departing from: Southport, Burscough, Parbold, Wigan, Bolton, Manchester Victoria, Macclesfield & Stoke.

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Wednesday 21 September 2016

The Bristol & Avon Explorer

Holyhead to Bath & Bristol

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

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

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Tuesday 27 September 2016

The Jorvic & Scarborough Spa Explorer

Dumfries to York & Scarborough

Choice of York or Scarborough

Departing from: Dumfries, Annan, Gretna, Carlisle, Brampton, Haltwhistle & Hexham.

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Wednesday 12 October 2016

The Wight & Sussex Coast Explorer

Manchester to Portsmouth

Manchester to Historic Portsmouth

Departing from: Manchester, Stockport, Macclesfield, Congleton, Kidsgrove, Stoke, Stafford, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley & Coventry.

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