‘Shakespeare Express’ 2019 season underway

Vintage Trains reintroduced its popular ‘Shakespeare Express’ between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stratford-upon-Avon on July 21. 

Two return trips per day will operate on August 4, August 18, September 1 and September 15, with BR ‘Castle’ No. 7029 Clun Castle taking charge, except on August 4 when ex-LMS ‘Jubilee’ No. 45596 Bahamas is booked to make its ‘Shakespeare’ debut. 

The classic GWR lines of No. 7029 Clun Castle provide a sharp contrast with the modern urban architecture that now crowds around Birmingham Snow Hill. It had just worked the first ‘Shakespeare Express’ of 2019 on July 21. CLIVE HANLEY

The trains offer around 50 miles of main line steam travel with the option of returning immediately or taking a break of around four hours in Stratford. 

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The 2019 operation features a revised schedule, with departures from Birmingham at 10.00 and 13.56 and new dining options, including a choice of a gourmet picnic hamper or picnic box for either lunch or afternoon tea. 

Read more in the August 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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