Vintage Trains announces first runs of 2022 with steam locomotive 7029 Château de Clun

Vintage Trains returns to the mainline in March with GWR Castle Class 7029 Clun Castle carrying the first two special trains of the year.

On Saturday March 5, Clun Castle will travel to Shrewsbury and Hereford with the “Welsh Marches Express”.

The tour will depart from the company’s base at Tyseley in Birmingham and travel north via Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury. From Shrewsbury, the train will travel south through the scenic Shropshire landscape along the Welsh Borders line, passing Leominster and Craven Arms with views of Stokesay Castle and Hereford, where there will be time for a town tour.

On the return, Clun Castle will climb the Llanfihangel bank, pass Abergavenny, plunge under the River Severn through the Severn Tunnel and run along the GWR mainline from Brunel to Swindon, before turning north via Oxford to return to Birmingham via the Hatton shore.

Saturday, March 26, 7029 Clun Castle will be released again with ‘The Chester Venturer’ via the East Midlands to Chester.

Tyseley in Birmingham is again the starting point, and the train will then stop at Coleshill Parkway, Tamworth High Level, Burton on Trent, Nuneaton and Leicester before heading to Chester. The return will be by the same route as the outward journey.

Both tours offer a variety of seats, including authentic Pullman carriages, Club Class and Tourist Class, as well as private six-person compartments.

Onboard catering will be available ranging from bacon rolls, light refreshments, wine, beer, tea and coffee in Tourist class, light refreshments including Danish pastries, sandwiches and cakes, tea and coffee in Club Class, while Pullman Class passengers will be served a full English breakfast and a four-course dinner, tea and coffee.

Tickets for both tours are on sale now and can be booked on the Vintage Trains website at http://www.vintagetrains.co.uk

Details of the Vintage Trains spring and summer tours will be announced in January.

Jose P. Rogers