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Clun Castle at Frampton Crossing by Steve Franklin
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A typical Gourmet hamper
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Vintage Trains 175th anniversary railtours
Saturday 15th June

As a very special contribution to the 175th anniversary celebrations, Vintage Trains ran not one, but two one-off railtours on 15th June, both very fittingly featuring their flagship locomotive, GWR number 7029 'Clun Castle'

Booking tickets

Bookings for either of these railtours had to be made online via the Vintage Trains website.

Oxford 175 Express

The Oxford 175 Express made an early morning start, leaving Solihull slightly late at 7:00am, picking up along the way at Dorridge and Warwick Parkway. Passing through Banbury 4 minutes early at 8:27am, the train arrived in Oxford at 9:21am having had a slight delay just north of the city. The return journey was scheduled to leave Oxford at 6:32pm which it did, bang on time. These timings allowed plenty of opportunity to join in with the 175th celebrations, explore Oxford and even travel on the Luncheon Circular.

Oxford 175 Luncheon Circular

The Oxford 175 Luncheon Circular departed Oxford Parkway at 12:40pm, then having stopped at Oxford continued via Radley, Culham and Appleford towards Didcot. Leaving Didcot, a sprint along the Great Western Mainline took it through Reading, Slough and Southall. Shortly after Southall, turning onto the Greenford curve that links the Chiltern and Great Western Mainlines it joined the Chiltern Mainline, continuing past High Wycombe and Princess Risborough towards Bicester. The Bicester chord and Gavray Junction took the tour through Bicester Village station and Islip, completing the circular railtour back at Oxford Parkway and Oxford 7 minutes late at 16:34, having been delayed once more just north of Oxford.

~~~ This railtour offered the opportunity to travel a route which is seldom, if ever, taken ~~~

Any queries regarding availability, purchasing, terms and conditions, or timetabling should be raised directly with Vintage Trains who operated these railtours. The promotion of these services does not imply any liability by the organisers of the 175th celebrations for any matters arising whatsoever.

Further information

For more information about these and other railtours visit the Vintage Trains website.