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“Simply nostalgic and a wonderful experience”

The Shakespeare Express
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Owner description: England's fastest regular steam train, runs between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon via the scenic North Warwickshire line.
Reviewed 2 September 2014

I booked as a treat for my husband a first class one way trip from Snow Hill to Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday 31st August. His face was a picture when she steamed through Snow Hill and what a wonderful site to see. I had booked a two seat table in the first class carriage for full English breakfast (you do have to pay a small premium for a two seater table but I preferred this). The food was excellent couldn't fault it and the serving staff were very polite and helpful which made the experience very special. It was good to see such a well kept spotless locomotive and I thought it was a nice touch that a member of staff cleaned the windows before we departed. All in all a special one off journey, well recommended.

7  Thank WalsallMart
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Just enjoyed a wonderful afternoon on this steam train, such character and workmanship! The carriages are comfortable, you can opt to dine or just enjoy the trip. The staff work constantly, collecting rubbish etc to make sure it's a journey to remember. There were lots of them to help and point you in the right direction.
Would definitely go again, it's a wonderful way to travel through the beautiful British countryside

2  Thank Rachel L
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

We went from Moor St to Stratford-upon-Avon with the family. It was a lovely experience to go with our grandson who loves steam trains! The volunteers were very helpful, giving us lots of information about steam trains around the country, past and present. A thoroughly lovely day to remember!

2  Thank GBonJovi
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

This season of Shakespeare Express runs have just started, every Sunday now till 7th September ... this year we introduced our grand-daughter to the experience on her first birthday. What a great day out, leaving Stratford-upon-Avon around 12.30 and arriving in Birmingham Snow Hill at 13.40, then, after a short stop to move the engine to the other end of the carriages we set off back and arrived back in Stratford just after 15.00 with some impressive speeds along the different route back for added scenic value. We were expecting tears at some point, but she loved every minute of it and left the train with soot on her face like a true train enthusiast. This is not just for the steam boys and I can thoroughly recommend this excellent value trip at £12.50 each. Two hours of pure magic we will all remember. Park in the station car park for £2.00

4  Thank Roy L
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

It is rare to be able to travel by steam for any decent amount of time these days so the Shakespeare Express gives a glimpse into what it is like to travel in an older carriage (1950s I believe) propelled by a steam locomotive.
That said, in someways there is not too much difference to taking the normal train except, the noise and smell.
1st class looks more romantic but there is a significant price difference, especially if food is included.
I am glad I did it and it would suit a steam enthusiast looking for a day out in Stratford.

2  Thank Michael W
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