Saturday 11th May 2019 - Darlington, York and Wakefield to Chester

On this picturesque day trip, the train will take passengers from Darlington and Yorkshire, to the beautiful Roman city of Chester. The train name reflects the Alice in Wonderland author’s connection to both Cheshire, where Lewis Carroll was born, and the North East, where he lived for part of his childhood. That, and the fact that one must be a little bonkers to undertake the building of a steam locomotive – let alone do it twice!*

Picking up passengers at both Darlington stations, York and Wakefield Kirkgate, the outward journey will take a spectacular route via Copy Pit and Blackburn, before heading south via Warrington and over the Manchester Ship Canal and onto Chester. After a break in Chester we take one of England’s most scenic routes threading through the splendid scenery of the Hope Valley and the Peak District.

Passengers can enjoy over three hours in Chester, which provides ample time to explore the compact city centre, famed for its beautiful half-timber rowed shopping arcade. Famed as a walled city, Chester has many venues of historic interest: from the Roman amphitheater to Chester Castle, the Cathedral and the River Dee.

Ticket Prices & Booking

Saturday 11th May 2019

Ticket Price
Standard Class£109.00
First Class Non-Dining£159.00
First Class Dining£245.00
Times (provisional) Outward Return
Darlington North Road08:3022:15
Darlington Bank Top08:4022:00
Wakefield Kirkgate10:1020:15
  • Standard Class

    A buffet car is available

  • First Class Non-Dining

    Includes complimentary tea and coffee. A buffet car is available

  • First Class Dining

    Includes the Great British Breakfast and a four course dinner.

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

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.

Call 01438 715050 for more information.

This railtour was originally scheduled for 1st August 2018.