Don’t delay – secure your HST railtour tickets today!

With tickets selling fast, anyone interested in travelling on a one-off trip on the Severn Valley Railway by CrossCountry HST is urged to secure their ticket as soon as possible via

The anniversary trip is being organised by Modern Railways in partnership with CrossCountry to celebrate 60 years of the magazine and 40 years of HSTs on CrossCountry’s North East to South West route. Taking place on Tuesday 27 September, it will run from the Leeds to the Severn Valley Railway, including the unusual chance to enjoy a return trip on the preserved line on this iconic train.

Passengers will be able to join the railtour at Leeds, Wakefield Westgate, Doncaster, Sheffield, Derby or Birmingham New Street. Tickets are priced at £100 for standard class travel regardless of your boarding point. For full details of timings visit our website at

As well as the unusual trip there will be numerous attractions to enjoy as part of the day’s celebrations. These will include two naming events on arrival at Kidderminster – the naming of a CrossCountry power car to mark the HST anniversary and the rededication of GB Railfreight loco No 66745, which was named 10 years ago as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. The Severn Valley Railway will also be providing depot tours at Kidderminster (advance booking will be required for this).

The trip will be a fundraiser supporting the valuable work of the Railway Benefit Fund, which supports current and former railway employees facing hardship through financial assistance and practical help and advice.

The celebration of the 60th anniversary of Modern Railways will conclude later in the year with the two-day Modern Railways EXPO show at Milton Keynes on 22-23 November. For more details see