Railtours 2023

Saphos Trains has just one outbound North Wales excursion so far in 2023. It seems they regard North Wales as a depressed economic area where people cannot afford their prices. On the other hand Statesman Rail are running 7 railtours from affluent areas of England and Scotland into North Wales including no less than 5 planned for Blaenau Ffestiniog with an optional trip on the FR to Tan-y-bwlch and back. If the rail route from Bangor to Caernarfon had not been closed these tours could come to the WHR and benefit that line as an alternative. Let us hope the route is reinstated in the future!

Date Railtour Name From-To Promoter Loco
1/3/23 Welsh Marches Express Holyhead IST Crewe -Cardiff Saphos trains Steam pool
1/4/23 The Snowdonian Euston - Llandudno Junction, coaches to Caernarfon/Blaenau Ffestiniog UK Railtours Diesel/electric
16/4/23 The Great Britain XV Day 2 Bristol-Holyhead-Llandudno Junction RTC S45596
21/4/23 The Cambrian Coast Express Bristol IST Shrewsbury-Pwllheli Pathfinder 67/2x97/s
29/4/23 The Llandudno Victorian Statesman Didcot Parkway IST Stourbridge Jn-Llandudno Statesman Rail LSL Pullman
1/5/23 The Llandudno Victorian Statesman Bournemouth IST Bath-Llandudno Midland Pullman LSL Pullman
1/5/23 Calan Mai Derby to Llandudno and Holyhead via goods loops BLS 50008/2x20
10/5/23 The Snowdonia Statesman Chesterfield IST Nuneaton - Betws-y-coed/Blaenau Ffestiniog * Statesman Rail LSL Pullman
7/6/23 The Snowdonia Statesman Hull IST Manchester Victoria - Betws-y-coed/Blaenau Ffestiniog * Statesman Rail LSL Pullman
12/7/23 The Snowdonia Statesman Kilmarnock IST Lancaster - Betws-y-coed/Blaenau Ffestiniog * Statesman Rail LSL Pullman
26/8/23 North Wales Coastal Pullman Plymouth (and stations to Filton Abbey Wood)-Llandudno Midland Pullman LSL Pullman
13/9/23 The Snowdonia Statesman High Wycombe IST Birmingham NS - Betws-y-coed/Blaenau Ffestiniog * Statesman Rail LSL Pullman
11/10/23 The Snowdonia Statesman Stevenage IST Nuneaton - Betws-y-coed/Blaenau Ffestiniog * Statesman Rail LSL Pullman
9/12/23 Then Chester Christmas Crompton Eastleigh (stations to Filton Abbey Wood for Bristol)-Chester Pathfinder 2x Class 33s
14/12/23 The Christmas Northern Belle Liverpool Lime Street (Crewe, Chester)-Holyhead Northern Belle 2xWCR 47s
19/12/23 Edinburgh Christmas Pullman Holyhead-(stations to Preston)-Edinburgh Waverley Midland Pullman LSL Pullman HST

IST= intermediate stations to

* Optional trip on Festiniog Railway (Blaenau Ffestiniog to Tan-y-bwlch)

Loco: TBA=To be announced

pu=pick up locations e.g.. NWC = principle stations on North Wales Coast


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