The Flying Scotsman returns to the North Wales Coast line on Friday 8 November, as the nations most famous steam locomotive travels from Crewe to Holyhead.

 

The journey to North Wales commences in London Euston early in the morning as the train is hauled northwards to Crewe by the vintage electric 86259 Les Ross. Calling at Watford Junction, Milton Keynes, Rugby and Lichfield Trent Valley. After arriving at Crewe the Flying Scotsman will be attached to the train for the run to Holyhead and back to Crewe.

Leaving the famous railway town and junction of Crewe, The Flying Scotsman heads across the Cheshire plain past the lofty Beeston Castle towards Chester. Passing through Roman Chester, with its ancient castle, cathedral and racecourse, soon entering Wales at Saltney and following the Dee Estuary closely, with open view across the waters towards the Wirral.

The Flying Scotsman will pass through the seaside towns of Rhyl and Colwyn Bay, views will start to appear of the Irish Sea and the Great Orme at Llandudno. There will also be distant glimpses of Snowdonia coming into view as we head towards Llandudno Junction.

A break will be made at Llandudno Junction to water the Flying Scotsman, where you will be able to see the locomotive close up during our brief stay. With water supplies on board, Flying Scotsman will now continue its journey to Holyhead, passing through Stephenson’s tubular bridge over the Conwy, and beneath the walls of Edward I’s impressive castle. A number of tunnels and covered ways give tantalising glimpses of the cliffs and the sea as we head westwards through Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan, with distant views of Puffin Island.

After travelling through Bangor, the Flying Scotsman will then pass over the Menai Straits on the Britannia Bridge, linking mainland Wales with the Isle of Angelsey.

The final part of our journey cuts right across the windswept island, with extensive views across to Snowdonia in the far distance. RAF Valley is close by to the railway before crossing the causeway and enter Holy Island and reach the destination at the sea port of Holyhead.

Here the Flying Scotsman will be serviced and turned ready for the journey back along the North Wales coast to Crewe. Time will be available to visit the nearby town, with the remains of its Roman fort of Caer Gybi, and the quaint church of St Cybi. There are also a number of pleasant walks to the marina and breakwater.

The Flying Scotsman will then retrace its steps back to Llandudno Junction for water, continuing via Chester to Crewe, where the Flying Scotsman will be exchanged for more modern traction for the journey back to London Euston.

Train Fares
Fares Adult Junior Family
Premier £310 £205 £928
First £210 £135 £623
Standard £144 £110 £453

Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a muffin, afternoon tea and coffee with a cake and a biscuit.
Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four.
Tables for two can be guaranteed in Premier Dining and First Class for a supplement of £25 per person (subject to availability).
A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

Train Timings

Due to previous problems with sightseers encroaching the line, only approximate times have been given and are subject to change.

Updated timetable:

9.58am – Departs Crewe station

10.30am – Flying Scotsman passes through Chester station and Chester Racecourse

10.35am – 11.30am

  • Alongside the River Dee
  • Shotton
  • Flint
  • Prestatyn
  • Rhyl
  • Pensarn
  • Colwyn Bay

11.30 (estimated) – Arrives in Llandudno Junction (approx 30 minute stop to fill up with water)

12noon (estimated) – Departs Llandudno Junction

  • Bangor
  • Llanfair PG

1.35pm– Arrive at Holyhead
4.05pm – Departs Holyhead
6.38pm – Arrives at Crewe

 

The Flying Scotsman arriving at Bangor station

Posted by The Bangor Aye on Saturday, 22 September 2018