Tickets are still on sale for the Modern Railways and CrossCountry HST railtour to the Severn Valley Railway on Tuesday 27 September. However, sales will close this Friday, 23 September, so this is the last chance for any intending passengers to purchase tickets.
The special trip celebrates 60 years of Modern Railways magazine and 40 years of HSTs on CrossCountry’s North East to South West route. The HST will run from Leeds to Kidderminster in the morning, with stops en-route at Wakefield Westgate, Doncaster, Sheffield, Derby and Birmingham New Street to pick up passengers. Tickets are priced at £100 for standard class travel regardless of boarding point. For full details of timings visit our website at www.modernrailways.com/railtour. Proceeds from the trip will go to the Railway Benefit Fund, which supports current and former railway employees facing hardship through financial assistance and practical help and advice.
On arrival at Kidderminster, two naming events will take place – one for a CrossCountry HST power car marking 40 years of HST operation, and the second for a GB Railfreight Class 66 to celebrate 60 years of Modern Railways magazine. After various other ceremonies, the HST will make two return trips along the length of the Severn Valley Railway from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, for what is thought to be the first time in 20 years an HST has visited the railway. Ticket holders will be free to join one or both of these trips or to spend time at either Kidderminster or Bridgnorth. In the evening the HST will return to Leeds, with drop-off points at the same locations as on the morning trip.
After sales have closed on Friday, joining instructions will be issued by e-mail to all ticket holders ahead of the trip on Tuesday 27 September.