We are happy to announce three new tours for this summer, organised by Pathfinder Railtours.

The first is The Pembroke Coast Express 2020, on Sunday 12th July.

To Tenby and Pembroke Dock along the Pembroke Coast behind no. 35028 ‘Clan Line’, breaking new ground for this popular ‘Southern’ Railway steam locomotive.

We take a westerly and undulating route past Cardiff, Bridgend and Port Talbot, before heading around the northern edge of Swansea to Llanelli, with industrial, rural and coastal views along the way. At Carmarthen we avoid the station and run direct to Whitland to take the graded single line branch to Tenby. You can enjoy a three hour afternoon break in this traditional seaside resort.

Our train will continue beyond Tenby to Pembroke Dock, the end of the branch line, where ‘Clan Line’ and the coaches will be serviced, offering an alternative break of about two hours here.

Later in the day we will re-trace our outward route, but this time going into Carmarthen to reverse and detach the diesel loco that will have brought us back from Tenby. From here ‘Clan Line’ will head us all the way back to Bristol, with a different route through Swansea, to conclude what we hope will be a lovely summer’s day outing.

For more details, and to book, see here.

Our second trip is The Shakespeare Limited, on Saturday 18th July.

Featuring the Southern Railway designed no. 35028 ‘Clan Line’, which was built at Eastleigh in 1948 and is now lovingly cared for by the Merchant Navy Locomotive Preservation Society. We start off diesel hauled Eastleigh to Bristol, where ‘Clan Line’ will take over.

The outward routing is via Swindon, Oxford and Leamington Spa, arriving at Stratford-upon-Avon around 1230, giving you about three hours to explore this famous old Warwickshire town, set on the River Avon and so associated with William Shakespeare – there are lots of attractions to visit, plus boat trips, eateries and shops to enjoy.

The return journey continues our circular itinerary as we travel over mainly ex-GWR metals via Henley-in-Arden, the heart of Birmingham, then Worcester and through Gloucestershire before arrival back at Temple Meads, where the diesel will take over to complete our homeward journey.

For more details, and to book, see here.

The third tour is The Exe-Parrett on Saturday 25th July.

A lovely day out behind no. 35028 ‘Clan Line’ to the west country, featuring three good climbs along the way to test this popular steam locomotive – Honiton, Whiteball and Brewham.

This is a re-run of a popular Pathfinder excursion from way back in October 1994. The train name struck a definite chord with fans of Monty Python (by pure coincidence!), but in fact reflects two important rivers in Somerset and Devon that are crossed during our day.

After the pick-ups we swap the diesel traction at Bristol Temple Meads and take the powerful Merchant Navy steamer no. 35028 ‘Clan Line’, for a grand circular tour to Exeter, travelling out via Westbury and Honiton, with a break en-route at the Yeovil Railway Centre.

Arrival at Exeter (Central) is expected around 1300, allowing a three hour break in this old cathedral city, with many interesting buildings at its heart. The return route behind ‘Clan Line’ takes us through Taunton, Castle Cary and Bath to Bristol, where the diesel loco will take over to complete the day.

For more details, and to book, see here.