‘The Chester Christmas Cracker’

25th November – Christmas begins here! A great day out featuring Tornado hard at work on the West Coast Main Line, an afternoon break in the medieval city of Chester and a festive Christmas Market all combine to bring you a really memorable day.  The outward route is via the main line through Tamworth and Stafford to Crewe, reaching Chester at lunchtime. A frequent shuttle bus links the station forecourt with the city centre. No other city encapsulates the ‘feel’ of Old England quite so well as Chester, with its truly splendid black and white timbered buildings (‘The Rows’) and the famous Eastgate Clock. Chester Castle and Military Museum are a short walk away, along the city walls.

Next to Chester’s ancient cathedral you will find Chester’s magical Christmas Market, with over seventy traditional wooden chalets huddled around a sparkling Christmas tree. There will be an abundance of festive treats and gifts on offer, including quality local and regional products, crafts, accessories, jewellery, unique gifts and stocking fillers, which are sure to make the perfect present.

Don’t forget to sample the delicious hot food and drink, including tasty mulled wine, local ales and hot chocolate from the Real Ale Bar; the perfect way to keep warm whilst enjoying the market.

We will have a break of over three and a half hours in Chester. With Tornado still in charge we return via Crewe and Stafford to Bescot Yard in the West Midlands where an electric loco takes over for our return home via Coventry.

This tour is promoted by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust with UK Railtours acting as ticket agents. All profits will go towards keeping Tornado on the main line in future years.

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide, to book go to UK Railtours.

Station Depart Arrive
London Euston 08.00 20.45
Watford Junction 08.30 20.25
Milton Keynes Central 09.00 20.05
Northampton 09.20 19.45

Standard Class
Price: £ 99.00

First Class Non-Dining
Includes complementary tea or coffee, a buffet car is available.
First Class Non-Dining
Price: £ 159.00

Option: Guaranteed Table for Two (per seat)
Price: £ 25.00

First Class Dining
Includes the Great British Breakfast and a four course dinner.
First Class Dining
Price: £ 245.00

Option: Guaranteed Table for Two (per seat)
Price: £ 25.00