East Midlands Steam Railway Holiday
The jaunt starts at Nottingham Station just before midday and our first afternoon is at a relaxed pace. We are going to enjoy a traditional cream tea aboard the Nottingham Princess cruising the River Trent. We glide past the football and cricket grounds, pass under the watchful eyes of the castle and enjoy city and country views before checking in to our city centre hotel.
A day of Great Central action occurs both north and south of Loughborough. In the morning we take to the streets for a modern tram ride to Ruddington. Here is the home of the Great Central (Northern) Heritage Centre. Not just trains but heritage buses as well. We’ll take a train ride to Loughborough and back as far as a gypsum factory (!) before transferring to Quorn for our second Great Central experience – and what an experience it is! Armed with rover tickets and itinerary suggestions to maximize your time the rest of the day is spent at the Great Central Railway Autumn Steam Gala. An extensive passenger timetable, goods trains, postal trains and original stations along the line. It’s like being transported back to the heyday of the railways – we guarantee you will be impressed!
Now, onto deepest Leicestershire. Our steamy experiences today are enjoyed at the Battlefield Line running between Shackerstone and Shenton in the depths of the English Countryside. There will also be the chance to visit Bosworth Battlefield, with it’s excellent visitor centre, and look for the Kings horse! After lunchtime our circular day continues to Burton on Trent and the National Brewery Centre sited in the old Bass Brewery. Learn the history of the town and it’s most famous industry by way of some excellent presentations that include Shire Horses and Victorian Pub Games!
Last but by no means least, we leave Nottingham by train, via Derby, to complete the Matlock Branch Line up the Derwent Valley. On a bright, sunny morning we can enjoy riverside views dotted with the ex-mills that line it. We return by train as far as Whatstandwell, the closest station to our final attraction – The National Tramway Museum at Crich. Replica street scenes, “country” tram rides, a pub, restaurant, tea room and major museum presentations will absorb you until it is time to leave and head back into Nottingham by coach for homeward bound trains mid-afternoon.