GB Railfreight is offering a large amount of Class 20 mileage in July at a bargain fare.
NOW a welcome (and commendable) part of the railway calendar, GBRf’s charity railtours offer both good value and a great day out. The latest one announced, ‘The Charity Chibble’, runs on Sunday, July 16, and is a one-way job – being a way of getting the empty stock back from East Anglia to Eastleigh after a company staff outing the day before.
The tour will depart Ipswich at 08.50 with a Class 66, running to Peterborough via pick-up points at Stratford and Cambridge. The ‘66’ will then hand over to a pair of Harry Needle’s Class 20 locomotives for a circular run to Sheffield via Toton, Worksop, Gainsborough and Spalding. A different Class 66 will then take over for a run to Basingstoke (where the train terminates) via Finsbury Park and Reading.
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Full and part fares are available, payable on board on the day by cash only. All accommodation is First Class.
■ Pathfinder may also be operating a tour using DRS Class 20s out of York on September 23. With DRS possibly laying up its ‘20s’ after this year’s leaf-fall season, this could be a final opportunity to ride behind them on the main line – although that has been threatened before.