On successive Sundays in 2020, 7th – 21st June and 5th – 19th July, Vintage Trains will operate using one of our older locomotives and coaches, many of which date back to Victorian times and rarely see public use.
Travelling behind some of our oldest engines will be 4 or 5 vintage carriages. These carriages form part of the Railway’s museum collection and include examples from the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Trust (L&YRT) and the Vintage Carriages Trust (VCT).
Our most luxurious carriage, The Old Gentleman’s Saloon is believed to be the oldest passenger coach still in use in the UK. Originally built in 1871 and still running today. You can now follow in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cornwall, who travelled in the coach on her visit to the Railway in February 2018.
The train will be hauled by our equally vintage locomotive number 85, a Taff Vale Railway Class 02 0-6-2T which celebrated its 120th birthday in 2019. (As with all our locomotives, especially those over 100 years old, no. 85’s appearance is subject to availability at the time.)
All of these services are in addition to our usual steam train services which will continue as normal. Advance booking not required (exc the Old Gentleman’s Saloon).
Restricted Disabled Accessibility
The very nature of the vintage carriages fleet is that the coaches come from an age where access for disabled passengers was not a priority and therefore, as the vehicles are restored to their original condition, those wishing to travel on board our vintage train and have a disability may have difficulty boarding the train.
In addition, those disabled passengers with wheel chairs or motorised ‘buggies’ should be aware that the nature of the coaches means there is nowhere to store either wheelchairs or ‘buggies’ on the train. Please speak to a member of station staff who may be able to assist.
Children’s pushchairs and buggies
The vintage coaches that make up the Vintage Train were built in age when children’s pushchairs and buggies were a thing of the future and, as the vehicles that make up the train are restored to their original condition, there is no provision on the train to store them whilst you enjoy you journey back in time. Please speak to a member of station staff who may be able to assist.
Strawberries & Prosecco on Vintage Train Sundays
Upgrade to first class and enjoy a delicious serving of strawberries and prosecco on the luxurious Gentleman’s Saloon (as seen in The Railway Children). With just 14 luxurious armchairs you can sit back, relax and enjoy an exclusive experience as you cast your mind back to 1970. Find out more about our Strawberries & Prosecco service here.