The history of British Rail is the story of post-war rail travel in the UK. From 1948 to 1997, British Rail was solely responsible for the state railways of Britain, transforming a collection of exhausted, post-war steam operators into the modern network we know today.
If you’re a lover of locomotives, then you may be interested to find out more about our wide range of coach holidays featuring fantastic railway experiences around the country. Here are just a few examples from their exciting itineraries:
Cardigan Bay – Gwili Railway – 19th September 2016
During this holiday you will have the opportunity to visit the Gwili Steam Railway for a one hour journey alongside the River Gwili with a cream tea included. The Gwili Railway has the distinction of becoming the first standard-gauge preserved railway to operate in South West Wales when it re-opened the one-mile section of the Carmarthen-Llanpumsaint route from its base at Bronwydd Arms, three miles north of Carmarthen.
Somerset Steam and Cruise – West Somerset Railway – 19 September 2016
Day four of this holiday sees your Woods coach travel to Bishops Lydeard to join Britain’s longest standard gauge heritage railway for a twenty mile journey winding the beautiful surrounding countryside. The gently rolling Quantock hills and distant Exmoor, unspoilt villages and farms nestling in leafy lanes, the cliffs and coast of the Bristol Channel with views of distant South-Wales, confident Church Towers, Dunster’s imposing Castle and Minehead’s seaside charm are all waiting to be discovered.
Severn Valley Steam Dreams – Severn Valley Railway – 16 March 2017
A short drive to Kidderminster brings you to the Severn Valley Railway for a steam train journey to Bridgnorth. The Severn Valley Railway is a full-size-standard-gauge railway line, running regular, mainly steam-hauled, passenger trains between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridnorth in Shropshire, a town divided in two and linked by a remarkable cliff railway, and the final destination in your steam dreams excursion.
Sidmouth and South Devon Railway – South Devon Railway – 28 March 2017
Next year we are offering a new itinerary from a favourite hotel, overlooking the waters of Lyme Bay on the Regency promenade at Sidmouth, a town with old world charm and delightful gardens. This holiday includes a ride on the South Devon Railway, a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line running along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes.
Great Little Trains of Wales – Welsh Highland Railway – 28 April 2017
If you love discovering new railways, then this is your ultimate adventure. Caernarfon is the base for this magical journey into railway nostalgia in the Snowdonia National Park. We travel on the Welsh Highland Railway including the Aberglaslyn Pass, and we also take to the rails on old favourites Ffestiniog, Bala and Llanberis, and visit the remarkable village of Portmeirion.
Want to find out more? You can find full holiday itineraries, dates and prices on our website or if you wish to speak to a member of their friendly sales team, you can call us 01243 868080.