Spirit of Travel Lunch featuring the Flying Scotsman – 20th July 2019

Prices from £325 per person

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Experience the epitome of rail travel on this fantastic journey. Set out from Crewe and travel through the countryside of Cheshire and Lancashire on the beautiful Northern Belle train, then enjoy the return journey hauled by the world-famous Flying Scotsman – an icon of steam and a national treasure.

Savour the luxurious atmosphere of the train on your round trip journey between Crewe 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.

This lunchtime tour departs on Saturday 20th July 2019. Prices are from £325 per person (based on two people travelling together) – limited availability.

 

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Your adventure begins as you arrive at Crewe station, where you are welcomed aboard the Northern Belle. Then enjoy a glass of Grand Marque champagne to toast the journey ahead as the train sets off (at approximately 11 am – confirmed timings will be sent with your final travel documentation). Be sure to embrace the spirit of this golden age of travel as you settle in to the elegant Northern Belle carriages – the ultimate in style and glamour.

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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.

Relax in your armchair in one of the beautiful dining carriages, as the first of the afternoon’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.

Whilst in Carnforth, the heritage diesel engine is replaced by the magnificent Flying Scotsman. There will be ample opportunity to take pictures of the famous steam locomotive at the head of the train, before setting off again.

As you return to the train, the gastronomic feast continues, with the resident musicians and magician on hand to make sure the afternoon goes with a swing. 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 journey.

 

 

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.

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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.