Old classic steam train delights all

The Cathedrals Express Train travelled through Retford train station on its journey to Scarborough  (w120817-6f)
The Cathedrals Express Train travelled through Retford train station on its journey to Scarborough (w120817-6f)

BASSETLAW train lovers were delighted to join an old classic when The Cathedrals Express steam train took a magical day trip to Scarborough at the weekend.

The rostered locomotive for this trip was the 60163 Tornado - the newest and most talked about locomotive on the mainline.

It was built at a cost of over £3million and but has already found fame and many enthusiastic supporters including Jeremy Clarkson who raced it from London to Edinburgh on BBC’s Top Gear.

Passengers who joined the train at Retford had four different travel options to choose from - two full dining options (Pullman Style and Premier Dining), First Class and Premium Standard.

Pullman Style passengers were seated in restored 1950s wood-panelled carriages and comfortable seats with individual table lamps and curtains at the window. Welcome glasses of champagne accompanied the delicious brunch on the outward journey. On the return, passengers were welcomed on board with canapés before being served a two-course meal with a half bottle of wine per person.

Marcus Robertson, chairman of The Cathedrals Express, said: “The interest and enthusiasm from passengers to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a steam train as it thunders through the countryside at speeds of up to 75mph is wonderful.”

“And the idea of travelling in style, being looked after by our friendly and efficient staff while enjoying superb food and drink, just seems to strike a chord with the public.”