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The Retro Blackpool Highflyer
Stalybridge & Huddersfield to Blackpool Minitour
Saturday 10th August 2019
Image credit: Mel Jones / Visit Blackpool

Due to popular demand, we have added Pennine pick-ups on our Blackpool day out!

Join us on our 'minitour' from Stalybridge and Huddersfield to Blackpool this August for the annual Blackpool Airshow. The specially chartered train will get you there in time for the airshow- a free event over the Blackpool seafront - and allow plenty of time to visit the attractions this popular seaside resort has on offer.

The train will take you via the scenic Calder Valley and Copy Pit lines to Blackpool North station, which is a short stroll to the seafront, where the airshow will be taking place. You can also hop on board the heritage trams along the seafront. You can obtain heritage tram tickets with your booking, which also allow you to travel on local buses and the modern trams along the coast.​

Once the airshow has finished, you should have time to sample a little stick of Blackpool rock, or perhaps even some fish & chips! The train will then return to West Yorkshire and Cheshire in the evening. ​

Don't miss your chance to ride aboard the Retro High Flyer Minitour today! ​ Train Information​

As usual, our famous on board ‘Real Ale Bar’ will be available, serving a variety of hand-pumped Real Ales, wines and hot snacks. We are the only mainline operator to serve real ales by hand-pump in Britain!​

We will be offering Standard Class and First Class accommodation on this tour. Due to time constraint, Premier Dining will not be available on the Retro High Flyer Minitour. ​


The following timings have now been confirmed by Network Rail:

Outward (dep) Return (arr)
Stalybridge 09:49 19:04
Huddersfield 10:10 18:44

The train is booked to arrive into Blackpool North at 1207.

The return service is booked to depart promptly from Blackpool North at 17:12; please arrive at the station in good time.


The following fares are available:-

From Stalybridge or Huddersfield:
Standard Class (Adult) £50.00
Standard Class (Child) £35.00
First Class (Adult) £80.00
First Class (Child) £65.00

Children Under 5 travel free. ​

This trip will be hauled by DRS Class 68 locomotives. ​​

Please click here for bookings.

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