All aboard for luxury rail trips from Sheffield

Take a trip on the Northern Belle luxury train service from Sheffield.
Take a trip on the Northern Belle luxury train service from Sheffield.
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Passengers are invited to step back in time and enjoy the luxurious age of the train in a series of excursions from Sheffield.

Travel firm Orient-Express has announced its programme of railway trips for 2014, with a number of South Yorkshire departures for its Northern Belle train.

A Northern Belle spokeswoman said: “It reflects the style of England’s 1930s’ ‘Belle’ trains and the Pullman carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

“Travel through some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery while enjoying cuisine and fine wines using produce from the landscapes you pass through.”

Destinations include Edinburgh, London and the Lake District, as round trips to enjoy lunch or tea on board.

The Edinburgh excursion takes place on Saturday, June 28, with off-train options including visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia and a tour of the city’s sights with entry to Edinburgh Castle.

The Lake District trip is on Friday, September 12 with options including a Windermere cruise or a visit to Beatrix Potter’s home.

Options in London for the excursion on Saturday, November 8, include wine-tasting, a West End show and trips on the London Eye or up the Shard skyscraper.

Each excursion includes brunch with bellini on the outward journey and dinner with champagne and wine on the return.

The spokeswoman said: “Few experiences can compare to a journey on the Northern Belle, sister train to the renowned Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.”

Round trips include afternoon tea or a Mad Hatters’ Tea Party on Sunday, September 14, or Christmas lunch on Friday, December 19.

n For details, prices and to book, see www.luxurytrainjourneys.com

And passengers in Sheffield are invited to let the steam train take the strain with a trip from the city.

Excursion firm The Railway Touring Company is running a trip from Chesterfield and Sheffield to Carlisle – including steam locomotive haulage over the famous Settle and Carlisle line.

A company spokesman said: “Breathtaking landscape and nostalgic steam locomotive haulage combine in one of our most exciting and varied tours by special train.

“Our train will be hauled from Hellifield to York, via Carlisle, by A4 class ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive Union of South Africa.

“Passengers will experience the magnificent and world famous Settle to Carlisle railway, travel on the 175-year old Tyne Valley line, and speed along the East Coast Main Line.

“It is all here for a thrilling day’s excursion.”

The company is also bringing steam engines into Sheffield with a special excursion from Manchester due to arrive in the city for a short break on Sunday, May 11.

n For details, prices and to book, www.railwaytouring.net