The Magnificent Severn - Fares from £65.00

The Magnificent Severn - Fares from £65.00

A fantastic and fascinating day out behind a fine example of British Rail motive power - The Class 52


D1015 Western Champion is the only example of this much loved class of locomotive that is passed for mainline running and Charity Railtours is honoured to have her haul this train.


We begin our day at Ealing Broadway (possibly London Paddington if this can be arranged) and race west along the Great Western Mainline to the Severn Tunnel where we dive under Britain's greatest river to reach Wales. We aim to take D1015 right the the northern extremity of the Machen line where our rear loco will haul us back to Park Junction, Ebbw junction and Pengam.


Here D1015 will power us east, back through Newport to Severn Tunnel Junction where we turn right, crossing over Severn Tunnel and head north along the Welsh bank of The Severn to Lydney. The rear loco will haul us onto the lovely Dean Forest Railway for a trip over their line to Parkend, before D1015 takes us back to Norchard where we stop for lunch and refuelling. The Dean Forest Railway is a fascinating piece of history and is home to two Class 14s - we hope these might be able to power shuttles from Norchard to Lydney Junction whilst our train stands at Norchard (to be confirmed).


Later, D1015 will take us back onto the mainline at Lydney for a sprint over the River Severn, through Gloucester and then south to Berkeley Road Junction where we move onto the freight-only line to Sharpness.


The final use of our rear loco takes place here, as she pulls us back to Gloucester, where D1015 takes over for the final leg of our journey, through The Golden Valley to Swindon and on to London.

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