STEAM buffs will be able to let the train take the strain this coming Bank Holiday, Monday, August 31.
A former Great Western Railway “Hall” class locomotive 4953 “Pitchford Hall” will haul a special train from Dorridge, Tyseley and Coleshill Parkway, then steam along via Nuneaton and Leicester to the historic Leicestershire market town of Melton Mowbray, home to the famous pork pie and Stilton cheese.
With a short coach transfer to Stapleford Park the small locomotives take over thanks to the Friends of Stapleford Park Miniature Railway between Melton Mowbray and Oakham. They’ll be holding a rare open day to the public, giving an opportunity to ride on this superb 1/5th scale railway.
With nearly two miles of track, this 10 ¼” gauge line also includes extensive lakeside running and the locomotives include an East African Railways 31 Class 2-8-4 oil burner, a superb replica LMS ‘Jubilee’ and GWR ‘Saint’, a mighty New York Central Niagara and NKP Berkshire American locomotives.
Those of a “certain age” may remember Mrs Peel (Diana Rigg) being tied to the track until a timely rescue by Steed (Patrick Macnee) in an episode of ‘The Avengers’ filmed here in October 1965!
Other attractions at Stapleford Park include showman’s engine and fairground organs, trade stands, exhibits, licensed bar and catering.
Fares for this special journey start from £55 for adults and £35 for children with family tickets available.
For more details call 0121 708 4960 or contact Vintage Trains Ltd, 670 Warwick Road, Tyseley or visit Vintagew Trains Ltd, 670 Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingham B11 2HL or visit www.vintagetrains.co.uk.