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Join us for a real rail adventure as we travel along the West Coast main line to Scotland from the West Midlands. This journey will see Tornado take on some impressive inclines, with stunning scenery en route to Edinburgh.

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Join us from:

Birmingham New Street

Tame Bridge Parkway




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On Board

On Board

Every seat on board our mid-century train is situated at a table and is adjacent to a large picture window, ideal for admiring the view along the way!

Tourist Class - Take a seat at a table for four and re-live the joys of the golden age of travel! £125 per person.

First Class Private Compartment  - Book a whole compartment for up to 6 passengers in First Class. Relax in luxury surroundings, with regular hot drinks served through the journey. £1000 for up to 6 people.

Premier Dining  - Travel in the luxury of mid-century First Class carriages, freshly cooked meals served at your table including a Great British breakfast and sumptuous four course supper. £315 per person, option to add guaranteed table for two at £50.

No matter how you choose to travel, you're assured of a memorable day out on 'The Caledonian Express'!

Your Journey

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Stopping for passengers between Birmingham and Crewe, the train speeds north and the countryside unfolds as we leave the industrial heartlands of the north west behind. Glimpse the coast at Morecambe before views across to the Lakes herald the start of the steeper climbs along this route. The overall climb from sea level to Shap Summit takes over 30 miles, with the last four miles at 1-in-75 on Shap Bank itself being particularly challenging – it's a hard slog for the locomotive and its crew! Over the top, it’s on to Carlisle and beyond to the Scottish border near Gretna, but no time to pause and get married on this train!

Our journey then takes us racing through the Scottish Lowlands, with their breath-taking wilderness as we traverse pine forests and rugged heathland, before tackling the formidable climb to Beattock Summit. Not content with one notable climb on this journey, Beattock’s formidable fifteen mile climb to the summit required a banker locomotive in the days of steam as its challenging gradient is as steep as 1-in-69. We must hope that Tornado has what it takes to climb it solo on our tour! Incidentally, Beattock’s 1016ft above sea level is over 100ft higher than its counterpart at Shap and marks the highest point on the West Coast Main line. As we pass the summit, we can celebrate by reflecting on a famous moment of railways within the arts. The well-known 1936 GPO film Night Mail featured the route of the northbound postal service along the West Coast Main Line in LMS days and Beattock gets a special mention in the sequence where the poetry of W H Auden is recited to scenes of the Mail train climbing the incline.

'Over the top', and hopefully on time, it’s an easier run for the locomotive as we make our way from Carstairs to Haymarket and into Edinburgh. Arriving via the route adjacent to Princes Street Gardens, it’s possible to catch a view of the imposing castle before arrival at Waverley.

Passengers have just under 3 hours to explore Edinburgh, with its many historic and gastronomical attractions, before the return journey, hauled by modern traction to speed us home.


Edinburgh is Scotland’s compact, hilly capital. Packed with medieval tenements, narrow wynds of the Old Town and the sweeping elegance of the Georgian New Town, there’s no question that Edinburgh deserves its reputation as one of the most stunning and enthralling cities in the world. With a plethora of world-class visitor attractions, sightseeing in Edinburgh is pretty easy.

The locale around Princes Street is the main shopping area in the city centre, with souvenir shops and larger chain stores. George Street, north of Princes Street, is the preferred location for some upmarket shops and independent stores.

Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, (pre-booking required) home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. This most famous of Scottish castles has a complex building history. 

Head to the bottom of the famous Royal Mile and you’ll find the 17th century Palace of  Holyroodhouse, the modern parliament building and the prehistoric extinct volcano famously known as Arthur’s Seat standing proudly next to each other. 

One of the best ways to take in the whole city is to hop on one of the City Sightseeing bus tours where you can explore both Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns. Their specially trained Guides and audio tours will delight you with interesting tales of Edinburgh, past and present.

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