UK Railtours

  • Operation ‘Javelin’

    Operation ‘Javelin’

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    Class 395 ‘Javelin’ charter trains have raised more than £125,000 for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. With this year’s Remembrance Day only two months away, Doug Lindsay takes up the story. The history of these special charter trains, utilising Southeastern High Speed Class 395 ‘Javelin’ trains’, dates back to 2011, and followed a meeting…

  • UK Railtours unveils Christmas charter line up

    UK Railtours unveils Christmas charter line up

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    Although summer is currently in full swing, charter operators have already turned their thoughts to the end of the year. UK Railtours is no exception and has announced a trio of days out by train visiting Christmas markets in Manchester, Lincoln and Beverley during December.  On December 7, UKR will run a train from London…

  • UK Railtours ventures through Butterley

    UK Railtours ventures through Butterley

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    GB RAILFREIGHT No. 66753 EMD Roberts Road edges into Butterley loop with UK Railtours’ ‘Amber Valley Venturer’ tour from Euston on May 4, making for an unusual sight among the preserved DMUs and coaching stock at the Midland Railway-Butterley (MRB). No. 66719 METRO-LAND is out of view at the other end of the train. Resident ‘Generator’ No. 47401…

  • UK Railtours partners with Locomotive Services Ltd for summer steam tours

    UK Railtours partners with Locomotive Services Ltd for summer steam tours

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    UK Railtours is teaming up for the first time with Locomotive Services Ltd on one of three recently announced steam tours operating this August. On August 3, the ‘Irish Mail’ will run from London Euston to Holyhead, celebrating one of the world’s earliest and longest-running named trains. Starting from Euston with diesel or electric haulage,…

  • With full regulator: LOCOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE THEN AND NOW

    With full regulator: LOCOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE THEN AND NOW

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    In his latest column, Don Benn describes the performance of Clan Line on December 20’s ‘Carols in Sherborne Abbey’ trip  – and also February 2’s ‘Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express’ double-header of Mayflower and British India Line, which hauled the train between Carnforth and Carlisle and return to Preston via the Settle and Carlisle route. THIS…

  • Flying Scotsman heads railway tribute to Sir William McAlpine

    Flying Scotsman heads railway tribute to Sir William McAlpine

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    THE railway industry paid tribute to one of its leading figures of the past few decades on January 11 when No. 60103 Flying Scotsman hauled a special train from King’s Cross to York. ‘The Scotsman’s Salute’ ran as a memorial to Sir William McAlpine, who passed away in March 2018, and carried members of his family,…

  • UK Railtours buzzes around rare lines in Kent

    UK Railtours buzzes around rare lines in Kent

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    NOVEMBER 17 saw UK Railtours take a tour of rare and freight-only lines in the south-east of England, including the branch to Dungeness in Kent. Bearing the catchy title ‘The Return of the Short Haired Bumblebee’, the tour was powered by DB Cargo Class 66s Nos. 66177 and 66151, and also visited the Grain branch in…

  • Special ‘A4’ charter as UK Railtours outlines 2019 plans

    Special ‘A4’ charter as UK Railtours outlines 2019 plans

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    WHAT could be the final chance to enjoy ‘A4’ No. 60009 Union of South Africa over the Settle to Carlisle Line heads a varied programme of days out being organised by UK Railtours for the first half of 2019. On March 9, the popular ‘Streak’ will take over the as-yet untitled train in York and head…

  • Flying Scotsman to haul Sir William McAlpine memorial train

    Flying Scotsman to haul Sir William McAlpine memorial train

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    JANUARY 11, 2019 will see UK Railtours pay tribute to Sir William McAlpine, the hugely popular, lifelong supporter of railway heritage and preservation in the UK, who passed away earlier this year. Sir William began his career working in Hayes depot in Middlesex, which housed the McAlpine railway locomotive and wagon fleet. He maintained a…

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