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Western Champion - Installation of replacement engines gains pace!

Please accept my apologies for the long lack of updates regarding our long postponed railtour - The Magnificent Severn.

The Diesel Traction Group informs me that conversion work on the two replacement power units and installation has progressed well and they hope to be in a position to begin testing soon. In the meantime, we have identified a possible operating date for our railtour The Magnificent Severn to South Wales, including visits to The Dean Forest Railway and Sharpness - possibly Saturday 30th September 2023.

We are now in discussions with a train operating company regarding what we might be achievable in terms of allowing passengers to travel on the stock moves before and after the tour.

We will update you once we have this information available.

What is very clear is that operating costs have increased tremendously since we first announced this tour back in 2016, so we will have to revisit ticket prices. But Charity Railtours' ethos remains unchanged - we shall always endeavour to keep fares as low as possible so that our trains are available to a wider audience of enthusiasts.

Dennis Barnes - Founder, Charity Railtours

25th February 2023

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We like to take trains to interesting parts of the rail network

To date, our railtours have visited docks, warehouses and heritage lines. It's been a real slog and we are still learning, but with a great deal of help from our volunteers and the tremendous support of train companies, port owners and logistics companies, here is what we have done so far.


The Mayflower

April 15th 2018

In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
Our train visited the seldom-used Sizewell branch, Ipswich Griffin Wharf and Harwich Town.
Sum raised: £8850


The Four Triangles

May 9th 2015

In aid of ADRA
A 0400 start from Crewe meant a mammoth day for the volunteers on the day, but months before we were clearing vegetation away from the privately owned track at Eccles Road and arranging for inspections and maintenance to take place.
Sum raised: £5967.30


The Great Eastern Freighter

August 10th 2013

In aid of Alzheimers Society
This was the first passenger train to traverse the privately owned "cross-docks" line at Felixstowe and the first ever passenger train to visit Ipswich Griffin Wharf - and that required a LOT of shunting!
Sum raised: £7965

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