Steam-powered rail travel is part of Manchester’s industrial identity, so what could be more fitting than to celebrate this cultural heritage with a day out aboard a vintage steam train, starting at Manchester Victoria Station. On this journey organised by The Railway Touring Company, you’ll roll through the rugged Yorkshire countryside aboard the Scarborough Flyer. Comprised of vintage carriages and hauled by an historic steam locomotive, the Scarborough Flyer will take you to the historic city of York or one of the original seaside resorts, Scarborough.
On board, there are three travel options; Standard, which includes a reserved seat typically around a table for four, where you can bring your own picnic or purchase refreshments from the buffet car to enjoy en route. First Class, where you will be served morning coffee and a muffin and tea or coffee and a cake and biscuit in the afternoon. Or for that special occasion, you can travel Premier Dining, where you will be served a full English breakfast as well as a silver service four course dinner within the setting of a Pullman style coach.
In York you can explore the city walls, magnificent Minster, one of the many great museums or the shops along the famous Shambles and perhaps enjoy a real afternoon tea in one of the many independent cafes. If you choose to travel on to the coast, there will be time for you to enjoy Scarborough’s wide sandy bays, seafront, castle or busy harbour and perhaps enjoy fish and chips or an icecream. You can be sure that no matter which destination you choose there will be new experiences to explore once you get there. Steam-powered trains are a thrilling way to travel, and both destinations are widely regarded as perfect day locations, for good reason.
For those who have yet to experience the power, sounds and joy of travelling by steam train, this day out will give you a new experience whilst taking you away from the city and hectic modern life to a former Golden Age of rail travel.