Shakespeare Express Info
Timetable (provisional times)
50 miles of main line steam travel
Birmingham - Henley - Stratford
A pleasant hour's journey each way
Start from: Birmingham Snow Hill, Moor Street, Tyseley or Henley-in-Arden or Stratford-upon-Avon
Standard Class or Premier DiningStd. Return : from Stratford £12.50
from Birmingham £20.00
Enjoy a nostalgic main line steam train experience
at affordable prices!
Celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or an anniversary, or simply decide to indulge yourself. Whatever your motives, sit back, relax and enjoy the sensory delights of main line express steam train travel just as it was in the 'good old days'.
Our normal route between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon is via 'The Shakespeare Line', a line steeped in culture, history and natural beauty. Viewed through the large carriage window you will see an ever changing landscape; From Birmingham's fascinating industrial past to Warwickshire's beautiful countryside. Look out for the working farms, stylish villages, stations and waterways that make up Shakespeare's County.
Returning from Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham we generally use the alternative route via Claverdon and Lapworth, where our steam locomotive often works up to its top permitted speed 60mph (some engines are permitted to travel up to 75mph!)
Upon joining the train, you will travel in one of Vintage Trains' historic and authentically restored carriages, pulled by a heritage steam engine in all its burnished glory. Choose between the traditional comfort of Standard Class, with seats at a table for four, or the old world elegance of Premier Class where you can savour the best of traditional English fayre.
Depending on the time of day, either a full English breakfast, a freshly cooked Roast Sunday Luncheon with all the trimmings or that most English of institutions, High Tea, will be served. A wide selection of wines, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are also available. Seating in Premier class is available at tables for two or four persons.
Vintage Trains are proud to maintain the traditions of the Great Western Railway by operating The Shakespeare Express over genuine ex GWR routes and wherever possible using the fleet of thoroughbred ex-GWR steam locomotives restored and maintained by Tyseley Locomotive Works.