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Statesman Rail is delighted to present a programme of day and weekend excursions to transport the discerning traveller to interesting and varied destinations in comfort and style, hauled by vintage diesel locomotives, on board ‘The Statesman’ land cruise train

Statesman Rail trains feature tours over the full length of the Settle to Carlisle line and many other destinations including the English Riviera, Northumberland, Portsmouth, Canterbury, Bristol, Bath, the Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh and North Wales

There are 4 different classes of travel available on board our train, choose from the ultimate travel experience of Pullman Dining, through Premier Dining and First Class to the superb value of Standard Class

We look forward to welcoming you on board

PORTSMOUTH HARBOUR STATESMAN
PORTSMOUTH HARBOUR STATESMAN

PORTSMOUTH HARBOUR STATESMAN

SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
Crewe, Shrewsbury, Church Stretton, Ludlow, Leominster, Hereford, Abergavenny, Cwmbran


Enjoy an exciting day trip to the dynamic and vibrant waterfront city of Portsmouth. From the pomp and ceremony of our proud naval and maritime heritage, to towering world-class visitor attractions, museums and miles of beautiful waterfront, Portsmouth offers something for everyone. Ideally situated on the south coast of England, the UK’s only island city is ideal for a day by the sea. There are lots of things to do during the three-hour afternoon break.
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west highland statesman
WEST HIGHLAND STATESMAN

WEST HIGHLAND STATESMAN

SATURDAY 23 TO MONDAY 25 MARCH 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
Milton Keynes, Northampton, Rugby, Coventry, Birmingham Int, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Crewe, Warrington, Preston.


We are delighted to present a three day weekend break to the Highlands of Scotland. The journey will be over the entire length of the world famous West Highland line, featuring some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland crossing magnificent bridges and viaducts with our train climbing high into the mountains with the prospect of snow covered mountains as they glisten in winter sunlight.
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WEST HIGHLAND STATESMAN
WEST HIGHLAND STATESMAN

WEST HIGHLAND STATESMAN

SATURDAY 6 TO MONDAY 8 APRIL 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
Peterborough, Stamford, Oakham, Melton Mowbray, Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway, Ilkeston, Alfreton, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Doncaster


We are delighted to present a three day weekend break to the Highlands of Scotland. The journey will be over the entire length of the world famous West Highland line, featuring some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland crossing magnificent bridges and viaducts with our train climbing high into the mountains with the prospect of snow covered mountains as they glisten in winter sunlight.
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NORTHUMBRIAN STATESMAN
NORTHUMBRIAN STATESMAN

NORTHUMBRIAN STATESMAN

SATURDAY 27 APRIL 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
Shrewsbury, Crewe, Warrington, Newton-le-Willows, Manchester Victoria, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Brighouse, Wakefield


We present a scenic tour to the spectacular North East with its landscape of iconic landmarks and beautiful dramatic coastline as we travel through the Vale of York with views of the Yorkshire Moors and then through Newcastle crossing the famous bridges and along the sweeping Northumberland coastal route. This tour offers a choice of leisure time in either picturesque Alnmouth or the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, with an optional off train tour to the magnificent Alnwick Castle.
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CANTERBURY & WHITE CLIFFS STATESMAN
CANTERBURY & WHITE CLIFFS STATESMAN

CANTERBURY & WHITE CLIFFS STATESMAN

SATURDAY 11 MAY 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
Shrewsbury, Wellington, Telford, Wolverhampton, Birmingham Int, Coventry, Rugby, Northampton, Milton Keynes


This is a fabulous train offering a circular tour through South East England with features including the journey through the picturesque Garden of England and around the beautiful Kent coast with the beautiful white cliffs towering above the train – the highlight of the day being an afternoon break for sightseeing in historic Canterbury, a UNESCO heritage site brimming with thousands of years of history. Our outward journey takes us through the London suburbs and into the open countryside of the pretty Garden of England which is rich with Oast Houses and Hop Fields.
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SETTLE TO CARLISLE & COASTAL STATESMAN
SETTLE TO CARLISLE & COASTAL STATESMAN

SETTLE TO CARLISLE & COASTAL STATESMAN

SATURDAY 1 JUNE 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
Milton Keynes, Northampton, Rugby, Coventry, Birmingham Int, Walsall, Cannock, Rugeley, Stafford, Crewe


This very special tour includes a journey over the entire majestic route of the famous Settle to Carlisle railway, we travel over 19 viaducts and through 12 tunnels on this masterpiece of Victorian engineering - including the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.  Following an afternoon break in the historic county town of Appleby our memorable journey continues over the highly scenic Cumbrian coastal line through Ravenglass and around Morecambe Bay with a backdrop of the Lakeland Mountains and Irish Sea.
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SETTLE TO CARLISLE & COASTAL STATESMAN
SETTLE TO CARLISLE & COASTAL STATESMAN

SETTLE TO CARLISLE & COASTAL STATESMAN

SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
Cardiff, Newport, Cwmbran, Abergavenny, Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Church Stretton, Shrewsbury, Crewe


This very special tour includes a journey over the entire majestic route of the famous Settle to Carlisle railway, we travel over 19 viaducts and through 12 tunnels on this masterpiece of Victorian engineering - including the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.  Following an afternoon break in the historic county town of Appleby our memorable journey continues over the highly scenic Cumbrian coastal line through Ravenglass and around Morecambe Bay with a backdrop of the Lakeland Mountains and Irish Sea.
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SNOWDONIA STATESMAN
SNOWDONIA STATESMAN

SNOWDONIA STATESMAN

SATURDAY 29 JUNE 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
Hull, Brough, Goole, Doncaster, Mexborough, Meadowhall, Sheffield, New Mills, Romiley, Manchester Piccadilly


This is a day out to remember as ‘The Statesman’ train heads into North Wales for a journey along the spectacular coastal route with its sweeping sea views and climbing high into the Snowdonia National Park and up the stunningly beautiful Conwy Valley passing through a region of wild mountains, hidden valleys and cascading rivers. There is the option of spending time at either the popular Victorian town of Betws-y-Coed, or Blaenau Ffestiniog. We also have an optional excursion available offering a steam hauled journey on the famous Ffestiniog Railway.
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ROYAL WINDSOR STATESMAN
ROYAL WINDSOR STATESMAN

ROYAL WINDSOR STATESMAN

SATURDAY 13 JULY 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
Chester, Wrexham, Ruabon, Gobowen, Shrewsbury, Wellington, Telford, Wolverhampton, Birmingham Int, Coventry


Enjoy a memorable day on board ‘The Statesman’ as we travel through the heart of England and around London on the elevated route offering distant wonderful views of our capital city as we continue to Windsor & Eton Riverside Station. Royal Windsor has so much to offer with all attractions within easy walking distance ranging from the imposing castle, which is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and has been the family home of British Kings & Queens for 1,000 years.
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ENGLISH RIVIERA STATESMAN
ENGLISH RIVIERA STATESMAN

ENGLISH RIVIERA STATESMAN

SATURDAY 27 JULY 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
Crewe, Shrewsbury, Wellington, Telford, Wolverhampton, Stourbridge, Kidderminster, Droitwich, Worcester, Cheltenham


Join us for a wonderful day out with a journey through pretty Somerset and around the beautiful Devon coast with time available to discover the many charms of the ‘English Riviera’ for an afternoon sightseeing break in the seaside resorts of either Torquay or Paignton - Passing Powderham Castle and travelling alongside the stunning Exe Estuary with its pretty fishing boats and views across to the Jurassic Coast our train takes the exciting sea wall line as we race through tunnels and cuttings of red rock and along beaches and coves at Dawlish with the sea keeping company all the way to Newton Abbot.
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EDINBURGH EXPLORER STATESMAN
EDINBURGH EXPLORER STATESMAN

EDINBURGH EXPLORER STATESMAN

SATURDAY 10 AUGUST 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
Derby, Long Eaton, Beeston, Ilkeston, Alfreton, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Meadowhall, Moorthorpe, York


We are pleased to present one of our most popular tours as “The Statesman” train travels on an enchanting journey over the border and through the Scottish Lowlands to the very heart of the capital and what is regarded by many as Britain’s most beautiful city where the afternoon is available for shopping and sightseeing. Visit the the Palace of Holyroodhouse or the impressive fortress of Edinburgh Castle set high on a rocky crag, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny. For the more adventurous take a short tram ride to the former Royal Yacht Britannia.
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ROYAL WINDSOR STATESMAN
ROYAL WINDSOR STATESMAN

ROYAL WINDSOR STATESMAN

SATURDAY 17 AUGUST 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
Preston, Wigan, Warrington, Crewe, Stafford, Rugeley, Lichfield, Tamworth, Nuneaton, Rugby


Enjoy a memorable day on board ‘The Statesman’ as we travel through the heart of England and around London on the elevated route offering distant wonderful views of our capital city as we continue to Windsor & Eton Riverside Station. Royal Windsor has so much to offer with all attractions within easy walking distance ranging from the imposing castle, which is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and has been the family home of British Kings & Queens for 1,000 years.
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DARTMOUTH REGATTA STATESMAN
DARTMOUTH REGATTA STATESMAN

DARTMOUTH REGATTA STATESMAN

SATURDAY 31 AUGUST 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
Nottingham, East Midlands Parkway, Loughborough, Leicester, Hinckley, Nuneaton, Coleshill Parkway, Barnt Green


We recreate one of the great holiday trains of the golden age of railway travel with a journey around the beautiful Devon coast on the exciting sea wall line as we race through tunnels and cuttings of red rock and along beaches and coves at Dawlish, with time available to discover the many charms of the ‘English Riviera’ - the famous annual Royal Regatta at Dartmouth will be in full swing with over 200 yachts, steam ships and various events on land, sea and in the air. Alternatively, take a leisurely cruise on the River Dart or steam hauled journey on the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway.
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YORKSHIRE COAST STATESMAN
YORKSHIRE COAST STATESMAN

YORKSHIRE COAST STATESMAN

SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
High Wycombe, Princes Risborough, Haddenham & Thame, Bicester, Banbury, Warwick, Solihull, Tamworth, Burton-on-Trent, Derby


This very special tour offers a delightful journey through Yorkshire to the quintessential seaside resort of Scarborough. Passing through historic York we cross the River Ouse with magnificent views of the Minster towering over the city, then cross the Vale of York and follow the River Derwent past Kirkham Abbey with views of the North Yorkshire Moors and through the historic market town of Malton to delightful Scarborough for an afternoon break of around three hours.
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GREAT WESTERN STATESMAN
GREAT WESTERN STATESMAN

GREAT WESTERN STATESMAN

SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
Ely, March, Peterborough, Stamford,  Oakham, Melton Mowbray,  Leicester, Kettering, Wellingborough,  Bedford


We are pleased to present a unique tour travelling through the Vale of the White Horse and rolling hills and gentle scenery of beautiful Wiltshire, with a choice of destinations for an afternoon break - the elegant Georgian city of Bath Spa, where a visit to the Roman Pump Room and Baths is recommended. Or, the unique charms of Bristol, its ancient Dockyard including the S.S Great Britain launched by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1843 and now restored as a proud memorial to its great designer. Whichever you choose we can guarantee a memorable and lasting experience of the West Country.
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SETTLE TO CARLISLE & COASTAL STATESMAN
SETTLE TO CARLISLE & COASTAL STATESMAN

SETTLE TO CARLISLE & COASTAL STATESMAN

SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
Holyhead, Bangor, Llandudno Jct, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, Prestatyn, Flint, Chester, Frodsham


This very special tour includes a journey over the entire majestic route of the famous Settle to Carlisle railway, we travel over 19 viaducts and through 12 tunnels on this masterpiece of Victorian engineering - including the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.  Following an afternoon break in the historic county town of Appleby our memorable journey continues over the highly scenic Cumbrian coastal line through Ravenglass and around Morecambe Bay with a backdrop of the Lakeland Mountains and Irish Sea.
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EDINBURGH EXPLORER STATESMAN
EDINBURGH EXPLORER STATESMAN

EDINBURGH EXPLORER STATESMAN

SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
Wolverhampton, Telford, Wellington, Shrewsbury, Crewe, Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan North Western, Preston


We are pleased to present one of our most popular tours as “The Statesman” train travels on an enchanting journey over the border and through the Scottish Lowlands to the very heart of the capital and what is regarded by many as Britain’s most beautiful city where the afternoon is available for shopping and sightseeing. Visit the the Palace of Holyroodhouse or the impressive fortress of Edinburgh Castle set high on a rocky crag, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny. For the more adventurous take a short tram ride to the former Royal Yacht Britannia.
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LORD OF THE ISLES STATESMAN
LORD OF THE ISLES STATESMAN

LORD OF THE ISLES STATESMAN

SATURDAY 19 TO MONDAY 21 OCTOBER 2019
DEPARTING FROM: 
Stevenage, Hitchin, St Neots, Huntingdon, Peterborough, Grantham, Newark, Retford, Doncaster, York


Enjoy a superb three-day weekend break to the Highlands of Scotland at this most beautiful time of year with purple heather carpeting the mountains and autumn leaves turning to a burnished gold – Travel is over the scenic Highland line to Inverness as we cross impressive bridges with views of cascading waterfalls and tranquil lochs plus a return journey over the spectacular and remote route to Kyle of Lochalsh with an off train excursion included to the magnificent Eilean Donan Castle. Overnight accommodation will be in quality 4-star hotels in Inverness.
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