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The Retro Edinburgh Festival Express
Bank Holiday Monday 28th August

Due to popular demand, we are re-running our ‘Edinburgh Festival Express’ tour. 2017 is the festival’s 70th anniversary, and is expected to be bigger and better than ever. The specially chartered train will pick up at Chesterfield, before taking the Hope Valley line towards Greater Manchester and round towards West Yorkshire. We then look forward to a fast run along the East Coast Mainline, arriving in Edinburgh just before lunchtime.

There will be plenty to see and do in the city, where we will have over four hours break. The train will return south in the evening, returning you to your origin station. We have requested a DRS Class 68 locomotive to haul this tour.

Most tickets were dispatched on 19th August, however the last few will be sent on Monday 21st. If you haven't recieved these by Thursday 24th, give us a call to check your seating allocation.

The following timings are now confirmed:

  Outward (dep) Return (arr)
Chesterfield 05:12 22:42
Chinley 05:54 21:56
Hazel Grove 06:08 21:40
Stockport 06:20 21:32
Reddish South 06:29 21:25
Stalybridge 06:51 21:04
Huddersfield 07:42 20:39
Mirfield See below 20:20
Wakefield Kirkgate 08:15 19:30
Edinburgh Waverley 11:42 arr 16:15 dep

Please note, we have been advised at short notice by Network Rail that we are unable to pick up at Mirfield or Dewsbury. The train will instead take the line via Wakefield, and will pick up and set down additionally at Wakefield Kirkgate station.

Train Information.

We have requested a Direct Rail Services (DRS) Class 68 to haul this tour.

Our famous "Real Ale" bar is available, serving hand-pumped ales from Greenfield Brewery as well as hot & cold snacks. In addition a trolley service will be available in both First and Standard class.

Standard Class

These traditional, comfy British Rail coaches are ideal for a day out. Seating in standard class are arranged in bays of four, the majority with tables. 

First Class

If you want a little extra luxury, First class is perfect. The coaches feature spacious, well padded seats, and will make your trip that bit more special!

A 'table for two' supplement is available, but please book early to avoid disappointment, as these are expected to sell out.

Premier Dining

This includes a First Class seat, breakfast and a 3-course evening meal.

Also there will be an at-seat service providing a couple of rounds of complimentary tea and coffee during the journey.

We can be flexible with requirements for children, any special requests or dietary needs. Please call us to enquire.


The following fares are available:-

From all points  
Standard Class  (Adult) £79
Standard Class  (Child)  £59
First Class  (Adult) £119
First Class  (Child)  £99
Premier Dining  (Adult) £199
Premier Dining  (Child)  Call

Postal and online bookings have now closed. Please call to check availability.

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