Railway Touring Company reveals 2024 line-up

The Railway Touring Company has revealed its line-up of railtours for 2024, together with details of a new subscriber benefit for Hornby Magazine and Key Model World readers. 

THE RAILWAY Touring Company has revealed its line-up of railtours for 2024, together with details of a new subscriber benefit for Hornby Magazine and Key Model World readers. 

'Jubilee' 45690 Leander heads the Whitby Flyer in 2023 operated by the Railway Touring Company.

Above: 'Jubilee' 45690 Leander heads the Whitby Flyer in 2023 operated by the Railway Touring Company. Bob Green/Railway Touring Company.

Established in 1997, The Railway Touring Company organises special charter trains across the UK, Europe and worldwide. It’s UK railtours are regularly hauled by steam locomotives to some of the best locations in the UK.

This year’s new programme includes an impressive line-up of special trains including ‘The Stratford Flyer’, ‘The Cumbrian Mountain Express’, ‘The Swanage Belle’, ‘The Royal Duchy’, ‘The West Somerset Steam Express’ and ‘The Atlantic Coast Express’.

The Railway Touring Company offers three levels of accommodation onboard its trains including Standard, First and Premier. Standard class includes a reserved seat, in most cases at a table for four. First Class includes a morning tea or coffee with a bacon breakfast roll and muffin, while on the return trip an afternoon tea and coffee service, accompanied with a savoury of the day and scone, is also provided. Premier includes a full English breakfast and a four-course dinner freshly prepared on the train, with silver service to your table.

With the cool air of February 24 2024 sculpting its exhaust, Stanier 'Black Five' 44871 powers up the East Coast Main Line at Lolham Crossing heading for York.

Above: With the cool air of February 24 2024 sculpting its exhaust, Stanier 'Black Five' 44871 powers up the East Coast Main Line at Lolham Crossing heading for York. Mike Wild.

The stars of the show are undoubtedly the locomotives that will be hauling the train. The motive power roster is varied and encompasses some of the most famous designs from the ‘Big Four’ railway companies. Locomotives available in any year may include Gresley ‘A3’ 4-6-2 60103 Flying Scotsman, Peppercorn ‘A1’ 4-6-2 60163 Tornado, Rebuilt ‘Merchant Navy’ 4-6-2 35018 British India Line, Rebuilt ‘Royal Scot’ 4-6-0 46115 Scots Guardsman and ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas plus Stanier ‘Black Five’ 44871. See the Railway Touring Company’s website for specific details as locomotives are subject to change.

Stanier 'Black Five' 4-6-0 44871 restarts after a signal check on the approach to Helpston Crossing on November 17 2023 hauling a Railway Touring Company trip to York.

Above: Stanier 'Black Five' 4-6-0 44871 restarts after a signal check on the approach to Helpston Crossing on November 17 2023 hauling a Railway Touring Company trip to York. Mike Wild.

Existing and new subscribers to Hornby Magazine and Key Model World are now entitled to discounted tickets on Railway Touring Company steam-hauled day trips in the UK throughout 2024 saving £20 on all ticket purchases made with The Railway Touring Company – Terms and  Conditions apply. Current subscribers should look out for an email from Key Publishing outlining the offer while all new subscribers will be contacted following a subscription purchase with details of the offer.

Visit the Railway Touring Company website for more information.


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RAILWAY TOURING COMPANY TOURS 2024

Note: Check The Railway Touring Company’s website for pick-up points enroute.  Motive power may be subject to change.

March 9 2024

The Stratford Flyer Manchester-Stratford upon Avon Steam (TBA)

March 16 2024

The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express Euston-Settle and Carlisle route Steam (TBA)/Class 86

March 20 2024

The Whitby Flyer King’s Cross-Whitby Steam (TBA)/Class 86

March 23 2024

The Edinburgh Flyer York-Edinburgh Steam (TBA)

April 6 2024

The Worcester Steam Express Norwich-Worcester LMS ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas/Diesel

April 27 2024

The Bath and Gloucester Steam Express Paddington-Bath/Gloucester LMS ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 (TBA)

May 5 2024

The Royal Duchy Bristol-Plymouth/Par LMS ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas

May 11 2024

The Cumbrian Mountain Express Euston-Settle and Carlisle Steam (TBA)/Class 86

May 18 2024

The Edinburgh Flyer York-Edinburgh Steam (TBA)

May 19 2024

The Pembroke Coast Express Bristol-Tenby/Pembroke Dock LMS ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas

May 25 2024

The Mancunian Manchester-Holyhead LMS ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas

June 1 2024

The Cumbrian Coast Express Euston-Carlisle Steam (TBA)/Electric

June 8 2024

The Tynesider King‘s Cross-Morpeth Steam (TBA)/Class 86 E3137 Les Ross

June 15 2024

The Bath and Bristol Steam Express Swanage-Bath/Bristol LMS ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas

June 22 2024

The Cumbrian Mountain Express Euston-Settle and Carlisle Steam (TBA)/Class 86

June 26 2024

The Swanage Belle Victoria-Swanage LMS ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas

June 29 2024

The Cheshireman Euston-Chester LMS ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas

July 6 2024

The North Wales Coast Express Euston-Llandudno Steam (TBA)/Class 86

July 7 2024

The Waverley York-Carlisle Steam (TBA)

July 9 2024

The End Of Southern Steam London Victoria-Weymouth Rebuilt ‘Merchant Navy’ 35028 Clan Line

July 13 2024

The Cumbrian Mountain Express Crewe-Settle and Carlisle Steam (TBA)/Diesel

July 14 2024

The North Wales Coast Express Liverpool-Holyhead Steam (TBA)

July 20 2024

The West Somerset Steam Express Paddington-Minehead LMS ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas

July 28 2024

The Royal Duchy Bristol-Plymouth/Par Steam (TBA)

June 24 2024

The Dorset Coast Express London Victoria-Weymouth LMS ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas

August 3 2024

The Cumbrian Mountain Express London-Settle and Carlisle Steam (TBA)/Class 86

August 4 2024

The Waverley York-Carlisle Steam (TBA)

August 7 2024

The Kentish Belle London Victoria-Canterbury LMS ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas

August 10 2024

The West Somerset Steam Express Paddington-Minehead LMS ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas

August 15 2024

The Dorset Coast Express London Victoria-Weymouth LMS ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas

August 18 2024

The Waverley York-Carlisle Steam (TBA)

August 18 2024

The Royal Duchy Bristol-Plymouth/Par Steam (TBA)

August 24 2024

The Cumbrian Mountain Express London-Settle and Carlisle Steam (TBA)/Class 86

August 24 2024

The Cotswold Venturer London Victoria-Worcester rebuilt ‘Merchant Navy’ 4-6-2 35028 Clan Line

September 1 2024

The Royal Duchy Bristol-Plymouth/Par Steam (TBA)

September 9 2024

The Kentish Belle London Victoria-Canterbury/Faversham LMS ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas

September 7 2024

The Stratford Flyer Norwich-Stratford upon Avon LMS ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas

September 8 2024

The Waverley York-Carlisle Steam (TBA)

September 11 2024

The Swanage Belle Victoria-Swanage and back LMS ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas

September 14 2024

The West Somerset Steam Express Paddington-Minehead LMS ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas

September 21 2024

The Cumbrian Coast Express Euston-Carlisle Steam (TBA)/Class 86

September 21 2024

The Coast to Coast Express Liverpool-Scarborough Steam (TBA)

September 28 2024

The Atlantic Coast Express London Waterloo-Exeter Rebuilt Merchant Navy 4-6-2 35028 Clan Line

October 5 2024

The Cumbrian Mountain Express Euston-Carlisle Steam (TBA)/Class 86