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Confirmed pick-up times for the trip to Scotland on Saturday 8th December 2007:
News for our 8th December 2007 charter - added 29/11/07
Stockport - 05:10
Manchester Victoria - 05:41
Bolton - 06:01
Westhoughton - 06:13
Wigan North Western - 06:27
Euxton Balshaw Lane - 06:41
Preston - 06:54
Lancaster - 07:17
Oxenholme (for Lakes) - 07:36
For reference of railway enthusiasts - this train will be hauled by class 67 locomotives.
Compass Tours would like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our passengers. After our December 8th trip we will be closing the office so our volunteers and the main team can enjoy a winter break and will re-open in late January. We are expecting to move our office during the break and will inform everybody of our new contact details when they are confirmed. We are already at the early planning stages for our 2008 programme and we expect to mail the spring and early summer details out to everybody in late January. We have also been working on a new look website and expect online booking to also become available in the new year.
John & Kevin Melia and all the Compass Tours team.
Our Christmas period trip this year is now available for booking, this will be beginning from:-
8th December 2007 charter
Stockport, Manchester Victoria, Bolton, Westhoughton, Wigan North Western, Euxton Balshaw Lane, Preston, Lancaster, Oxenholme.
This trip offers you three possible destinations:-
Stirling, Perth or Dundee.
Please click here to see the page.
Details for our 13th October day excursion to Carlisle via the scenic Cumbrian Coast route - start times from each station are listed below:
Telford Central 0733
Important information for passengers who have booked seats on this train:
Royal Mail staff are unfortunately taking some lengthy and very disruptive industrial action. For all passengers who have booked and paid prior to Tuesday 2nd October expecting their tickets next week for the Cumbrian Coast Express please note that they are to be despatched earlier than usual, because of the action however they may still arrive midweek (week commencing 08/10). We do appreciate your patience and understanding over this matter. We would also ask that in order to help us get later bookings processed that any queries regarding unreceived tickets be made after your post delivery on Thursday 11th October. Our enquiries team will then be happy to inform you of your seating allocation and any other information you require for the trip. The station starting times are listed above.
Now available for booking are the following one day excursions:
Saturday 22nd September 2007 - FROM Crewe, Sandbach, Stockport, Manchester Victoria, Bolton, Westhoughton, Wigan North Western, Euxton Balshaw Lane and Preston - TO Troon and Ayr.
Saturday 13th October 2007 - FROM Codsall, Shifnal, Telford Central, Wellington, Shrewsbury, Wem, Whitchurch, Nantwich and Crewe - TO Carlisle.
Starting times for the Saturday 04/08/07 to Stirling and Dunblane:
The outward route is very unusually via the scenic and lengthy Cumbrian Coast Line (through Barrow and Whitehaven), returning down the high speed West Coast Main Line.
06:19 - Layton
06:27 - Poulton
07:22 - Preston
07:34 - Bamber Bridge
07:47 - Cherry Tree
08:07 - Blackburn
08:27 - Whalley
08:42 - Clitheroe
09:18 - Hellifield
Starting times for the Saturday 21/07/07 to Blair Atholl and Dalwhinnie.
Liverpool Lime Street - 0539
Huyton - 0601
St Helens Central - 0617
Garswood - 0625
Wigan North Western - 0637
Anybody who has booked tickets for this excursion should expect tickets shortly as they were posted prior to the weekend.
Information for passengers booked on our 16th June train and our 17th June (Fathers Day) trips -
Tickets are being posted out over the weekend and should be with you shortly. For reference, station pick-up times for the morning of these tours are listed before. These are listed on the tickets that are being sent to you, along with other information that you may need to know for your day out.
Saturday 16th June click here for destination details
Carlisle at 06.40
Penrith at 07.06
Oxenholme at 07.40
Lancaster at 08.00
Preston at 08.24
Sunday 17th June click here for destination details
Liverpool Lime Street at 11.40
Huyton at 11.52
Prescot at 11.59
St.Helens Central at 12.07
Garswood at 12.17
Wigan North Western at 12.33
Please remember that for ALL tours that you are booked on, your tickets will only be sent out on the weekend before the actual tour, this is so that we can include confirmed times from Network Rail and any other last minute information on your tickets.
If you require booking confirmation at the time of your booking, this is always available if you request it from us at the time of your booking along with a self addressed stamped envelope so we can send this to you.
Confirmed station times for the train this weekend from the Midlands to Exeter, Torquay and Paignton (2nd June 2007)
Lichfield City - 06:02
Blake Street - 06:14
Sutton Coldfield - 06:24
Birmingham New Street - 06:43
Wolverhampton - 07:03
Telford Central - 07:20
Wellington - 07:26
Craven Arms - 08:03
Our 26th May 2007 train at Skegness.
The forthcoming Bank Holiday Weekend tours on Saturday 26th May 2007 from Liverpool, Huyton, Prescot, St Helens Central, Garswood, Wigan, Euxton, Leyland TO Boston and Skegness and on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 2007 from Barrow, Dalton, Ulverston, Grange over Sands, Arnside, Silverdale, Carnforth, Hellifield, Skipton TO Durham and Newcastle still have seats available for booking. Information for these day-excursions can be found here:
Saturday and Monday.
Confirmed timings for the above two tours have been announced and posted to you with your tickets if you have already booked, for reference the times are listed here too:
Saturday 26th - Liverpool Lime Street - 06:52,
Huyton - 07:05,
Prescot - 07:13,
St Helens Central - 07:22,
Garswood - 07:31,
Wigan North Western - 07:44,
Euxton Balshaw Lane - 07:59,
Leyland - 08:10.
Monday 28th - Barrow-in-Furness - 06:35,
Dalton - 06:47,
Ulverston - 06:58,
Grange-over-Sands - 07:13,
Arnside - 07:21,
Silverdale - 07:29,
Carnforth - 08:03,
Hellifield - 08:41,
Skipton - 08:55.
Also don't forget our trip on Saturday 2nd June FROM Lichfield City, Blake Street, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham New Street, Wolverhampton, Codsall, Shifnal, Telford Central, Wellington, Craven Arms TO Exeter, Torquay and Paignton via the Welsh Marches route - 02/06/07 - click here for details.
A new page has been added to this site to enable you to look for your local station(s) to see if any of our tours are starting near you this year. This will save you searching through all the pages to find the ones relevant to you. Click here for further information.
Confirmed pick-up times for our 5th May and 7th May tours are included below, but first - we are pleased to announce today eight new day excursions for this year; click the tour name to have a look at the tour descriptions -
Saturday 16th June = North Country Fellsman
Sunday 17th June = Father's Day Fellsman
Saturday 30th June = Georgian Spa Explorer
Saturday 7th July = Trent Fellsman
Saturday 21st July = Highland Merseyman
Saturday 4th August = Pendle Scotsman
Saturday 25th August = North Wales Fellsman
Bank Hol. Monday 27th August = Highland Clansman
Tour pick up times for 05/05/07 and 07/05/07 (seats are still available for these trains, please click the date to see details on the particulare trains)
Saturday 5th May 2007
Blackburn – 0510
Cherry Tree - 0518
Bamber Bridge - 0529
Chorley - 0552
Horwich Parkway - 0604
Bolton - 0615
Manchester Victoria - 0638
Stockport - 0705
Monday 7th May 2007
Telford - 0645
Wellington - 0653
Shrewsbury - 0708
Gobowen - 0731
Chester - 0803
Helsby - 0815
Frodsham - 0823
Warrington - 0837
For reference to those who may be joining this train at Newcastle for the Circular tour – this will depart at 1254.
Starting timings for our 21st April tour to Salisbury have been confirmed and are listed below for reference (your tour tickets also have these printed on them):
Mossley Hill - 07:14
Liverpool South Parkway - 07:21
Runcorn - 07:35
Acton Bridge - 07:50
Hartford - 07:58
Winsford - 08:07
Crewe - 08:46
Nantwich - 08:58
Starting timings for our 14th April tour to Minehead have been confirmed and are listed below for reference (these will be printed on your tour tickets):
Preston - 05:59
Euxton Balshaw Lane - 06:11
Wigan North Western - 06:23
Warrington Bank Quay - 06:37
Crewe - 07:32
Stafford - 08:01
Two of our advertised tours have had to be replanned to due railway engineering works, whilst the pick up stations and estimated timings are still the same, the destinations are altered. If you had booked or were intending to do so for the 05/05/07 and 28/05/07 tours please check these pages for new information.
Destinations for the 5th May are Norwich and Great Yarmouth, with the 28th May heading for Durham and Newcastle.
Confirmed station pick-up timings for the morning of our 24th March 2007 day excursion are:
OXENHOLME for Lakes (0726),
After our winter break we are now able to tell you our forthcoming day-trips, with plenty of destinations and origin stations to choose from. Browse through the following to find a tour you may wish to travel with us on:
24/03/07 Carlisle, Penrith, Oxenholme, Lancaster, Preston, Crewe TO North Wales
14/04/07 Preston, Euxton, Wigan, Newton-le-Willows, Warrington, Crewe, Stafford, Penkridge TO West Somerset
21/04/07 Mossley Hill, Liverpool South Parkway, Runcorn, Acton Bridge, Hartford, Winsford, Crewe, Nantwich TO Bath and Salisbury
05/05/07 Blackburn, Cherry Tree, Bamber Bridge, Chorley, Horwich, Bolton, Manchester Victoria, Stockport TO Exeter, Torquay and Paignton
07/05/07 Telford, Wellington, Shrewsbury, Gobowen, Chester, Helsby, Frodsham, Warrington TO Durham and Newcastle
26/05/07 Liverpool, Huyton, Prescot, St Helens Central, Garswood, Wigan, Euxton, Leyland TO Boston and Skegness
28/05/07 Barrow, Dalton, Ulverston, Grange over Sands, Arnside, Silverdale, Carnforth, Hellifield, Skipton TO Henley in Arden and Stratford upon Avon
02/06/07 the Midlands TO Exeter, Torquay and Paignton
Please note that our office crew are currently enjoying our winter rail tour break, and as such our phone line is unavailable until further notice.
We are open to enquiries by the other methods though - postal and email. Click 'contact us' on the left for details.
We also take this opportunity to wish everybody a very pleasant Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.
No first class seats remain on the day excursion for 9th December but standard class seating remains available to book.
Saturday 28th October's Chinley to Newcastle and Durham tour now has confirmed starting station timings, which are:
NEW MILLS CENTRAL 05:50
HYDE CENTRAL 06:16
GUIDE BRIDGE 06:26
MANCHESTER VICTORIA 06:54
HORWICH PARKWAY 07:28
Seats are still available, please click here for details of the tour and ways to book are mentioned lower down that page.
There are two new tours available:
25/11/06, Blackpool and East Lancashire to London
09/12/06, Preston, Lancaster, Oxenholme (for Lakes), Penrith, Carlisle to Dundee and Aberdeen
Click above for details.
Confirmed departure times for the morning of Saturday 23rd September's day excursion to Edinburgh:
Layton - 0656
Poulton le Fylde - 0704
Preston - 0736
Bamber Bridge - 0745
Blackburn - 0805
Clitheroe - 0839
Hellifield - 0900
Settle - 0908
Confirmed departure times for our excursion on Saturday (16/09/06):
MARPLE - 06:12
ROMILEY - 06:18
HYDE CENTRAL - 06:26
GUIDE BRIDGE - 06:36
MANCHESTER VICTORIA - 06:57
BOLTON - 07:15
HORWICH PARKWAY - 07:26
CHORLEY - 07:36
A new daytrip has been announced, to run on Saturday 28th October from Chinley to Newcastle and Durham. Please click here for details.
Confirmed departure times for our excursion on Saturday (02/09/06):
0526 @ Warrington Bank Quay
0544 @ Hartford
0554 @ Winsford
0605 @ Crewe
0615 @ Nantwich
0630 @ Whitchurch
0645 @ Wem
0700 @ Shrewsbury
0727 @ Craven Arms
There are still standard class seats available on this trip to Paignton.
Confirmed departure times for our excursion on Saturday (05/08/06):
0610 - Liverpool South Parkway
0616 - Mossley Hill
0645 - Liverpool Lime Street
0701 - Huyton
0708 - Prescot
0715 - St Helens Central
0724 - Garswood
There are no standard class seats remaining available for sale on this train, although a few first class remain - please telephone us for details.
Three new charter trains have been added for Saturdays - 2nd September, 16th September, and 23rd September 2006. Click the date for details, one of these is to Devon destinations and two are to Edinburgh.
'Table for two' (the £10 add-ons for first class) have sold out for the 5th August Liverpool to Edinburgh journey, although the usual first and standard class seats are still available at the moment.
A new charter train has been announced for Saturday 5th August 2006, click here for details.
Compass Tours will be using a NEW telephone number from Tuesday 21st February 2006 for all your general enquiries and Railtour reservations.
Notes from earlier this year:
The NEW NUMBER will be 0151 722 1147 and our new 'office hours' will be from 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday. If you need to contact us outside these hours then please email or write or indeed if you wish to contact us before the 21st February.
Indeed, you are always more than welcome to email to reserve seats or ask us anything during or outside the normal office hours. Emailing keeps costs down for everyone and we do try to respond as soon as possible (especially during any period where there are trips advertised).
The changes are also to enable an improvement in co-ordination between the regular small team involved in planning, organising and marketing each tour. We are taking on our first full time employee shortly owing to the increasing complexities and level of paperwork connected to promoting and running these trains. Due to costs and hours of availability we are no longer able to offer a daily enquiry facility after 6pm on weekdays. The many volunteers who help to varying degrees in advance and on the day of each trip will still fulfil a vital and invaluable role though (without which your day out would be unachievable)!
We are hoping to organise another dozen or so charter trains in 2006 and those of you on the mailing list (which is normally automatic for those who have travelled with us during the last three years), will be sent details of tours from your area or ones that we think may be of interest to you as soon as they are confirmed and available – so you would not normally need to request a leaflet to be sent out.
Trains will continue to be formed of spacious and reasonably comfortable traditional Intercity style carriages with locomotives usually being heritage class 47 diesels as previously used.
Our train from Saturday 17th December in the very early hours of the morning at Stafford. Photo sent by train passenger Jim Murphy.
Two images of our railtour from this weekend:
One of our locomotives was 47703, photographed at Croft near Darlington on the out-bound trip from Cleethorpes to Edinburgh.
The other loco was 47832, both of our engines along with the carriages were hired as usual from FM Rail of Derby, this photo was taken at Edinburgh before the return journey to Cleethorpes.
Photo's taken by Andy Galpin and tour passenger Dave Earwaker.
COMPASS TOURS, 2002-7