PEOPLE from across the Midlands are being given the chance to become a part of railway history on Sunday October 19 when 'The Earl of Mount Edgcumbe' Great Western Castle steam engine makes its first passenger train journey in over 45 years.
The engine, which has undergone a ten year restoration project at Tyseley Locomotive Works will be undertaking the return journey from Snow Hill Station in Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon - and passengers are invited to join in the celebrations.
Leaving Snow Hill at 10.23 in the morning, and again at 13.53 in the afternoon, the return train will leave Stratford at 12.32 and again at 16.10 - providing an exhilarating journey through the Warwickshire countryside, where the engine may reach speeds of up to 75mph.
Passengers will have the choice of sitting in either beautifully restored 'standard fare' saloon carriages with picture windows, or being seated in the luxurious 'premium fare' Pullman carriages, where they can either simply sit back and enjoy a nostalgic journey, or opt for the total experience of pre-booking a full English Breakfast on the morning trains, or soup and sandwiches for the afternoon journeys.
"October 19 will be a very special day in the history of steam travel, and we're delighted to be able to invite people to join this beautifully restored engine for its first journey on the main line for over 45 years," says chairman of Vintage Trains, Michael Whitehouse.
"Back in the 1930's, the Castle engine officially hauled the world's fastest train and, whilst today's Pendolino's have now broken that record, you just can't beat the exhilaration of travelling through the beautiful Warwickshire countryside on a steam train."
Tickets can be booked in advance by calling Vintage Trains on 0121 708 4960 - or, if still available, can be bought at the station on the day. Further information can be obtained from the website: www.vintage-trains.co.uk