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Most exclusive 2,200 mile British steam train journey

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A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 38 passengers to mark the 10th anniversary of the Tornado steam locomotive is being offered exclusively by Golden Eagle Luxury Trains on a two-week round-Britain steam tour next year.

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The celebrity A1 Peppercorn pacific steam locomotive will haul the 10 sumptuous and intricately designed carriages of the prestigious Belmond Royal Scotsman on a journey that is peppered with cultural highlights, including special access to otherwise private locations.

Starting on 14 October 2018, the 2,200 mile journey stretches from the Highlands down to Penzance, and covers some of the country’s most popular cultural destinations including Chester, Oxford, Stonehenge and Bath.

Built in Darlington and entering traffic in 2008, the much-loved Tornado is a main line, coal-fired steam locomotive that took some 14 years to build. In April 2017, it was remarkable for becoming the first steam locomotive to officially reach 100mph in over 50 years on British tracks.

It will be only the second time that Tornado has hauled a sleeper train, the first being the Royal Train in 2012, with HRH Prince Charles aboard. While the lion’s share - some 2,000 miles - will be hauled by the celebrated engine, other steam engines will get a look in, too.

Among them King Edward I and Royal Scot, plus those on various preserved lines.

This is a UK debut for Golden Eagle Luxury Trains – best known for its long distance adventurous routes not offered by any other operator.

With its en-suite cabins, plush beds and tartan furnishings, Belmond Royal Scotsman forms the perfect country house-on-wheels from which to savour this ultimate tour.

Ranking among the world’s most luxurious trains, the mahogany-clad, Edwardian-styled cars are based on the old Pullman coaches and include the sublime Bamford Haybarn Spa (from Daylesford), a first class Observation car, and two Dining Cars.

The route: Edinburgh - Inverness - Strathspey Railway - Stirling - Settle & Carlisle Railway - Chester - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Porthmadog - Caernarfon - - Holyhead - Bath - Penzance - Salisbury – Didcot - Oxford - York - Darlington – Edinburgh.

Tornado 10th Anniversary of Great Britain with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains departing 14 October 2018 costs from $39,995pp based on two sharing including 14 days’ all-inclusive, the services of a tour manager, transfers from Edinburgh airport or railway station, 9 nights on board Belmond Royal Scotsman, two nights’ luxury accommodation in Edinburgh and two in St. Ives, welcome and farewell dinners, guided excursions, route guide and information pack, all meals, most drinks, porterage and gratuities.

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