Heritage Railway

RTC cancels ‘Great Britain XIV’ trip

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THE Railway Touring Company (RTC) has been forced to cancel its flagship ‘Great Britain XIV’ tour for the second year running because of Covid-19 restrictio­ns.

However, the nine-day excursion has been reschedule­d for April 20-31 next year – with, it is hoped, the original itinerary which was due to be repeated this year, as was the locomotive line up.

Other excursions postponed include the ‘Edinburgh Flyer’ from York to the Scottish capital on March 20 with A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado, and the ‘Wensleydal­e Railway’ from Carnforth to York and on to Leyburn and Redmire on March 27.

Unless the situation changes, May could be a busy month for RTC, starting with ‘The Jolly Fisherman’ trip from King’s Cross to Skegness via Peterborou­gh and Boston, on May 15 with A3 No. 60103 Flying Scotsman leading.

On May 22, a ‘Cumbrian Mountain Express’ is set to leave Euston with the usual Class 86 electric locomotive to Carnforth, where steam takes over for Carlisle via Shap returning over the Settle and Carlisle line.

Heading for Plymouth, the ‘South Devon Explorer’ on May 29 unusually begins the trip from Woking and is diesel-hauled to Bristol. There, Tornado comes on and is also booked to haul the return as far as Taunton.

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