Flying Scotsman Gala Dinner on the Northern Belle – 20th July 2019
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Please note this popular event has unfortunately sold out. Why not look at the lunchtime journey on the Flying Scotsman which departs from Crewe on the same day? As an icon of steam and a true giant from the golden age of rail travel, the Flying Scotsman is not only Britain’s most famous locomotive, but also its most treasured. Take this fantastic opportunity to enjoy a journey hauled by this celebrated engine on 20th July 2019 – in the elegant style and glamour of the beautifully restored Northern Belle carriages.
Savour the luxurious atmosphere of the train on your round trip journey between Manchester Victoria and Carnforth in rural Lancashire. Sit back in your plush armchair on the Northern Belle, sip chilled champagne, and admire the ever-changing scenery from your window. After a truly unforgettable evening, spend the night at the centrally located Crowne Plaza Manchester (4 star), on a bed and breakfast basis.
Day 1 – Join the Flying Scotsman in Manchester
Your adventure begins as you arrive in Manchester, and check in to your hotel for tonight, the highly-rated Crowne Plaza Hotel (4 star). After settling in, perhaps take the time to explore this dynamic city, before you are welcomed aboard the Northern Belle at Manchester’s Victoria station. There will be ample opportunity to admire the view and take pictures of the Flying Scotsman, the iconic steam locomotive at the head of today’s train, before your journey begins at approximately 7pm.
Be sure to embrace the golden age of steam travel as you settle in to the elegant Northern Belle carriages – the ultimate in style and glamour. Enjoy a glass of Grand Marque champagne to toast the evening ahead as the train sets off.
Then relax in your armchair in one of the beautiful dining carriages, as the first of the evening’s seven sumptuous courses is served. Chat with your travelling companions and enjoy the fabulous food accompanied by fine wine as the Flying Scotsman steams through the Lancashire countryside.
The journey includes a stop at Carnforth station, best known as the setting for the classic 1940s film Brief Encounter. Enjoy a dance on the platforms of this carefully restored station, accompanied by the house band. Take this opportunity to get a picture of the Flying Scotsman or share a kiss under the station’s famous clock.
As you return to the train, the gastronomic feast continues, with the resident musicians and magician on hand to make sure the evening goes with a swing. As the sun goes down, be sure to stroll through the carriages, admiring the decorative flourishes that make this luxury train unique, before arriving back in Manchester after an unforgettable evening.
Day 2 – Homeward bound
After breakfast in the hotel, you are free to make your homeward journey in your own time, or perhaps take the opportunity for some more sightseeing before you leave.
The Northern Belle
The Northern Belle embodies the distinctive opulence and craftsmanship associated with the classic ‘Belle’ trains of the 1930s. Expertly and exquisitely detailed, each carriage bears the name of a stately home and is furnished with specially commissioned designs, fabrics and beautiful marquetry.
Exquisitely laid tables with starched table cloths, along with uniquely branded silverware, emphasize the level of sumptuousness; the artistic adornment and luxurious furnishings complete the elegant and comfortable carriages. Breathe deep, and embrace the intimate ‘country house’ atmosphere of each unique carriage.
The Northern Belle train entered service in 2000 as a sister to the highly successful British Pullman train of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Ever since George Mortimer Pullman’s first luxury train was conceived in 1864, people have been captivated by the elegance and sense of occasion that surrounds such decadent travel.
Whilst the Pullman Palace Car Company brought the romance of luxury rail travel to Britain, Georges Nagelmackers founded the luxury sleeping car service which was destined to become legendary, spanning the rail networks across Europe.
Introduced to provide the ultimate in stylish and enjoyable day excursions and short breaks throughout the North of Britain, the Northern Belle combines classic craftsmanship and contemporary engineering and is a reflection of the affluent ‘Belle’ trains of the 1930s. Each of the six dining carriages is named after a great British castle or stately home.
The Flying Scotsman
Completed by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) in 1923, the Flying Scotsman was designed for speed on the East Coast Main Line route between London and Edinburgh – and was the first ever locomotive to officially record a speed of 100 mph. Having been used in a vast array of publicity and advertisements for the LNER, by the time the engine was retired in 1963 it was already arguably the nation’s most famous locomotive. Yet in preservation it gained even more notoriety, with journeys around both the United States and Australia. In 2004, the Flying Scotsman was saved for the nation with the support of thousands, confirming its undeniable status both as an icon of British engineering, and a true national treasure.