Christmas by Steam

Journeys of delight at Christmas.

Step back in time as we journey through deep valleys and wild moors on our Christmas Luncheon excursions. Travel in luxury as a magnificent steam locomotive carries us across the Welsh Borders or over Pennine Moors.

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The Experience

Choose from the luxury of Dining, the relaxation of First Class or the simplicity of Standard, all of our experiences have something different to offer.

Whether you enjoy a sumptuous three course meal with us, or just relax and watch the world fly past, we have the perfect journey for you.

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Magical Steam

There are few things as magical as a steam locomotive. Add to this the excitement of Christmas and the enchanting scenery of Wales and the Pennines and you have a truly delighful experience.1

Hauled throughout by an iconic steam locomotive, recline in the plush seats of historic railway carriages and watch the world go by as we travel to Christmas past.2 3

Welsh Borders

Journey with us for over four hours for a Christmas exploration of the stunning Welsh Borders. Travelling from Crewe our train will cross the Cheshire Plain, passing the Roman fortress of Beeston Castle before entering the City of Chester.

We shall then make our way south, winding it's way through rolling hills on our way to Wrexham, placed perfectly between the Welsh mountains and the Dee Valley before returning north to Crewe.

Pennine Moors

Speed across the Pennines with us this Christmas for over five hours of magical steam hauled wonder.

Join the train at Crewe, Hartford or Warrington before we make our way through Manchester and out into the spectacular Pennine scenery that awaits us.

This circular journey will see us travel through historic cities and through beautiful enchanting scenery, as our locomotive powers us forward and you recline in lovingly restored 1940's carriages.

Yuletide Steam

Join us on Saturday 2nd December for a Christmas Circular journey by steam from Crewe through the Welsh Borders, or on Saturday 8th December for a journey from Crewe across the Pennine moors.

One of our magnificently restored and lovingly maintained steam locomotives - Royal Scot, Britannia, Braunton - will take charge of our train for our journey to the coast.

Climb aboard luxuriously upholstered, historic 1950's railway carriages and step back in time. Our liveried stewards will bring drinks to your seat as we speed through breathtaking countryside4. What delights lay before you as our train train eases into the platform...

Luncheon is only served in Dining Class.
Our journeys are operated by Saphos Trains.

Saturday 2nd December

Steam through the Welsh Borders.

  • Crewe

Dining experiences from 170

First Class experience from 70

Standard Class from 45

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Saturday 8th December

Steam through the Pennine Moors.

  • Crewe
  • Hartford
  • Warrington Bank Quay

Dining experiences from 170

First Class experience from 70

Standard Class from 45

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  1. Pennine Moors and Welsh Borders are separate journeys. Individual trains do not visit both areas.
  2. Any references to specific locomotives do not necessarily represent the locomotive that will haul any train on any particular date.
  3. Historic railway carriages are not guaranteed. Standard class tickets do not qualify for travel in historic 1940's carriages.
  4. Steward service is available only in select classes of travel.
  • Subject to Saphos Trains LLP Terms and Conditions of booking and travel.
  • Service operated by Saphos Trains LLP, a subsidiary of Locomotive Services Ltd.
  • Title and footer photograph courtesy Bob Green. Sunset photograph courtesy Inspiring Images. Bittern photograph courtesy Jack Beeston. Wales snow photograph courtesy kweez mcG - Flickr. Pennine snow photograph courtesy Peer Lawther.