|August 1, 2009|
‘The Bekoning Bard’
Saturday 1 August
Chiltern Railways are running a steam train hauled by the magnificent Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, travelling from London Marylebone to Stratford-upon-Avon (return), which is making a special stop at Beaconsfield to help celebrate our 80th anniversary celebrations.
On the same day, we will be offering free train rides on our Light Railway and free Face Painting. Either take the trip all the way to Stratford-upon-Avon, or make a day of it in Beaconsfield, spending the day here and have dinner in one of the pubs or restaurants in Beaconsfield itself, before rejoining the steam train and returning to London. Click here for steam train ticket sales and full details – Book now as tickets are very limited.
Those getting off in Beaconsfield to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Bekonscot Model Village can enjoy 2for1 admission to the Model Village with the 2for1 leaflet, free face painting and free mini train rides. Alternatively, indulge yourself and sit back, relax and enjoy the sights, sounds and senses of main line steam rail travel as it was in the ‘good old days’.
The immaculate Earl of Mount Edgcumbe locomotive will pull the train of Vintage Trains traditional rail carriages, all restored authentically to their former glory.
About the train
The Earl of Mount Edgcumbe is from the Tysley Locomotive Collection. Once again the locomotive will be making its way down to London from the Midlands, as it did in the late 1930s. The Earl of Mount Edgucmbe was often used in trains serving locations such as Devon, Cornwall, the Midlands and the North, and became a favourite amongst the Great Western’s London footplate men.
The 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe has become the best surviving example of the famous GWR Castle class. There may be other Castles working but none of them have the pedigree of 5043 with its long association with the Cheltenham Flyer, the Bristolian and with Old Oak Common shed.
Since the refurbishment of the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, the locomotive now resides at Vintage Trains, where an exciting mainline career now beckons!
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