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The Shakespeare Express

Postby kennyGWSR » Sun May 22, 2011 2:02 pm

I am planning on taking my dad on this on the first day of the season, 3rd July, as 6201 Princess Elizabeth is running and wanted to know if anyone had been on this? What are your opinons on it? Its been something ive wanted to go on for ages, along with the Jacobite, Torbay, Scarborough Spa and Fellsman! :mrgreen:
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Re: The Shakespeare Express

Postby kieranhardy » Sun May 22, 2011 2:47 pm

It's a nice way to spend the morning/afternoon or if your going in the morning and coming back in the afternoon, nice way to spend the whole day looking around Stratford Upon Avon.

I've been on it twice (2006 with 4965 & 2009 with 5043). And it if it is still the price of £20 (that was the pay on the day price) then it is still a bargain, and without a doubt the cheapest mainline run you will get.

It isn't the most exciting of trips and of course isn't the longest nor fastest but it is enjoyable and worth doing.

If you ever get the chance, the Torbay is well worth doing too. Me and a friend were lucky enough to be invited to travel on the support coach at no charge behind 6024. It was also my first time going to the PDSR and the scenery on a sunny summers day is just stunning. We both made a donation to the King group for thanks for the kind gesture.

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Re: The Shakespeare Express

Postby kennyGWSR » Sun May 22, 2011 4:27 pm

Thanks Kieran :) im going to try and get on the Torbay next year, maybe the Jacobite too! the trip on the shakespeare is for my dads birthday which i think he will enjoy, its also the closest out of all the regular trips! :lol:
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Re: The Shakespeare Express

Postby manormadman » Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:03 pm

I'm going on the Torbay on the 26th, again, its a lovely run especially when you see Lydham at the other end! :mrgreen:
I thought that the Shakespeare Express went on two return trips in a day.
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Re: The Shakespeare Express

Postby kieranhardy » Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:05 pm

manormadman wrote:I thought that the Shakespeare Express went on two return trips in a day.


Which is why i said this...

'It's a nice way to spend the morning/afternoon or if your going in the morning and coming back in the afternoon, nice way to spend the whole day looking around Stratford Upon Avon.'

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Re: The Shakespeare Express

Postby manormadman » Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:18 pm

But it could have lazed about in Stratford Upon Avon waiting for people.
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Re: The Shakespeare Express

Postby kennyGWSR » Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:17 pm

well if it did i would not be able to take my dad on his birthday trip...not everyone can get to these trips at 9am or something earlier cos they have to go via train or something...its a good idea running two trains tbh, everyone can get a chance to ride it.
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Re: The Shakespeare Express

Postby manormadman » Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:06 pm

yeah
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Re: The Shakespeare Express

Postby Bufferstop » Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:26 pm

It's a nice little trip Kenny, we always do the morning return to B'ham and the afternoon back down to Stratford. It's a bit daft driving 20 odd miles to end up back four miles from home. When it first ran it was even better as there was a good couple of hours in Birmingham, NR keep cutting down the time between the two workings. Last time we went was when City of Truro pulled it, (had to drive up to Tyseley for that one) Departure from Stratford on wet rails was a wonderful demonstration of steam driving. Maximum load and no help, was still gaining speed when it topped Wilmcote bank. Scotsman and the other LNER locos all got a shove by a 47 when they did it.
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Re: The Shakespeare Express

Postby Vintage Trains » Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:41 pm

We run the Shakespeare Express every Sunday from July 3rd to Sept 11th this year.

Train A - We depart Birmingham Snow Hill at 10:23 and arive in Stratford at 11:40. Breakfast is available on this train
Train B - We then depart for Birmngham at 12:32, arriving at Snow Hill at 13:29
Train C - Snow Hill depature at 13:53, arriving back at Stratford at 15:01
Sunday lunch is served on round-trip B&C.
Train D - Stratford departure at 16:10, arriving back at Snow Hill at 17:14.

We also stop at Moor St, Tyseley and Henly-in-Arden (trains A&C only)

The round-trip standard fare is 17.50 if booked in advance - 20.00 on the day.

For dinning, you will want to book in advance.

So far our Loco roster is:

July 3rd - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth"
July 10th - 4936 "Kinlet Hall" ****** To be confirmed
Aug 21st - 5043 "Earl of Mount Edgcumbe"
All other dates will most likley be 4965 "Rood Ashton Hall"

For further details, please call 0121-708-4960 for bookings or visit our website www.vintagetrains.co.uk


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