Treat yourself to a steam day out this spring and save £10pp with the MK Citizen

The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express. Picture – supplied (Bob Green)The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express. Picture – supplied (Bob Green)
The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express. Picture – supplied (Bob Green)
Why not treat yourself, family or friends to a special day out in 2024? Travelling by steam makes for a truly memorable journey, so check out The Railway Touring Company’s special trains departing from Milton Keynes.

You can also take advantage of a special offer to save £10pp with the MK Citizen.

With a choice of scenic routes and fascinating destinations, there is a steam adventure waiting just for you.

Stunning Settle & Carlisle

The North Wales Coast Express. Picture – supplied (Bob Green)The North Wales Coast Express. Picture – supplied (Bob Green)
The North Wales Coast Express. Picture – supplied (Bob Green)

Start the year on a high note literally, with a steam journey across the dramatic Cumbrian Fells and the world-famous Settle & Carlisle Line.

Step on board The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express at Milton Keynes and let The Railway Touring Company whisk you North for a memorable journey over the challenging Fells and the Settle & Carlisle’s many viaducts, including the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct, cutting across vast valleys in the shadow of the mighty Three Peaks.

The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express runs on Saturdays, February 17 and March 16.

Later in the year, join The Cumbrian Mountain Express as it makes the same stunning journey from Milton Keynes on Saturdays, May 11, June 22, August 3 and October 5.

The Cheshireman. Picture – supplied (Bob Green)The Cheshireman. Picture – supplied (Bob Green)
The Cheshireman. Picture – supplied (Bob Green)

Historic Chester

Heading North West on Saturday, March 2, The Cheshireman gives you the opportunity to visit this ancient walled city in style by train for a journey reminiscent of the Golden Age of rail travel. Chester’s Roman amphitheatre, cathedral, castle and 14th Century ‘Rows’ lined with small shops and cafes, make for a fascinating day.

Breathtaking coastal views

Join The Cumbrian Coast Express from Milton Keynes on Saturday, June 1, and you are set for an exciting journey with steam along the exposed Cumbrian coast. This special train will take you to ancient border city Carlisle where you can explore the cathedral, castle, museum or shops. From Carlisle the train is joined by an historic steam locomotive for a breathtaking run along the coast with spectacular cliff edge views and the Isle of Man visible on a clear day across the Irish Sea.

On Saturday, July 6, there is an opportunity to see the North Wales Coast by steam. Picking up at Milton Keynes, The North Wales Coast Express will be joined by its magnificent steam locomotive at Crewe. From there you will steam on crossing the river Dee into Wales, passing through the coastal resorts of Prestatyn, Rhyl and Colwyn Bay along the delightful Irish Sea coastline. At Llandudno there is a break so that you can explore this seaside town with its Victorian promenade, beach, or take the tramway or cable car to the summit of the Great Orme for the fine views.

Treat yourself – dine on board

The Railway Touring Company’s travel options include Standard, with refreshments to purchase on board, or bring your own picnic, and First with light meals in the morning and afternoon served to you at your seat.

Special occasion? Go for Premier Dining. Sit back at your linen-clad table to enjoy a full English breakfast and a four-course dinner, all freshly prepared on board, silver served to you as you watch the world go by.

Save £10pp

The Railway Touring Company is offering MK Citizen readers a £10 per person discount on Milton Keynes departures. Visit The Railway Touring Company for details, booking code and T&Cs.