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THE SHAKESPEARE EXPRESS - popular Summer Sunday steam train service with dining option

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The Shakespeare Express : Birmingham to Stratford - Every Sunday 20 July to 7 September 2014
4965 Rood Ashton Hall - Shrewley : Clive Hanley

Shakespeare Express

Tickets and Dining for The Shakespeare Express can now be booked online. Please look for the green "online ticket office booking button" on the "fares & booking" page.

Before placing a booking please be ready to provide the date, boarding station, class of seats required, number of seats and any special requirements, e.g. table for 2, dietary needs, pre-orders for bacon baps, occasional cakes, flowers etc, to enhance that special celebration.

Standard Class & Premier Dining Class accommodation on this train.

BOOKING OPTIONS - see Fares & Bookings >>


The Shakespeare Express runs on Summer Sundays only. Throughout the rest of the year we run steam train excursions to various popular destinations.

See our full programme of trains & events >>

Celebrate that special occasion....

.... a birthday, anniversary, family reunion or just indulge yourself and sit back, relax and enjoy the sights, sounds and senses of mainline steam rail travel as it was in the 'good old days'.


Travel South along the Shakespeare Line....

.... between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon, steeped in culture, history and natural beauty.


Travel North Through MORE Picturesque Countryside....

.... between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham the train usually takes a different route via Claverdon and Lapworth through more delightful countryside.


An immaculate steam locomotive ....

.... will pull the train of Vintage Trains traditional rail carriages, all restored authentically to their former glory. Standard class features the comfort of seats at a table for four with large picture windows.



Traditional English fayre....

.... is available served at your seat in Premier Dining in our ex-BR Mk 1 Pullman Cars. Depending on the time of day, either a Full English breakfast, a freshly cooked 3-course Roast Luncheon with all the trimmings or that most English institution High Tea will be served. We now offer a traditional Afternoon Tea as an alternative to High Tea. A wide selection of wines, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are also available. Seating in Premier Dining is available at tables for two and four persons.


Through the carriage windows....

.... you will see an ever changing landscape, from Birmingham's fascinating industrial past to Warwickshire's beautiful countryside with its working farms, stylish villages and stations, plus glimpses of waterways and other features that make up Shakespeare's County.


A TRUE Mainline Steam Express Experience...

.... as our train travels along a section of the GWR London to Birmingham mainline. The steam locomotive often works up to its top permitted speed of 60mph. Some engines are permitted to go to 75mph.


In Summary....

Birmingham - Henley - Stratford

50 miles of main line steam travel

Trains may travel at up to 75 mph (dependent upon locomotive used)

A pleasant hour's journey each way

Standard Class or Premier Dining

Standard Return Fares from £12.50 (from Stratford); £20.00 (from Birmingham).

Choice of Starting Station:

- Birmingham Snow Hill, Moor Street, Tyseley
- Henley-in-Arden
- Stratford-upon-Avon

To choose your travel option(s) & preferred locomotive :
See Service Information >>


Some of the best value mainline steam travel in the country


Vintage Trains - one of Britain's leading operators of main line steam train excursions

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