Steam Heritage Events

As a rail tour company Ffestiniog Travel is committed to supporting the preservation of heritage railways around the world by including them in most of our escorted tours and promoting them within our Tailored Rail holidays. Heritage Railways have become major tourist attractions, drawing in over hundreds of thousands of visitors annually who wish to immerse themselves in lovingly recreated time capsules that travel through scenic landscapes. The UK boasts many historic railways across the country and they provide a wonderful backdrop from which to explore the various regions of Britain - on board a nostaglic form of transport. Many of these railways run special events which showcase the very best of steam. We have identified such events and created short mini-breaks around them to allow you to enjoy the wonderful history of steam and the pleasure it still provides today.

Ffestiniog Railway Victorian Vintage Mini Break

A trio of engines at Tan y Bwlch - © Roger Dimmick/FFWHRThursday 8 to Monday 12 October 2020

Operating passenger trains dating back to the Victorian era, the annual Victorian Vintage Gala Weekend is a highlight of the railway’s calendar. Our four night break allows you to explore and immerse yourself in the heritage of the Ffestiniog Railway. This Gala features a timetable of authentic passenger, freight and mixed train services alongside costumed characters.


Welsh Highland Railway - A Journey into the Past

Prince approching Tryfan Junction with a Heritage Train - © Roger Dimmick/FFWHREvery weekend in August 2020 (Friday to Sunday)

This August enjoy a journey into the past, and immerse yourself in the heritage of the North Wales Slate industry. From your base in Caernarfon, enjoy visits to the impressive Edwardian Castle, Llanberis Lake Railway and the National Slate Museum plus a guided tour of the heritage of the Welsh Highland Railway.


Severn Valley Railway’s Autumn Steam Gala

LMS Class 43106 at Foley Park - © Severn Valley RailwayThursday 17 to Monday 21 September 2020

Celebrate the golden days of steam at the Severn Valley Railway’s (SVR) Autumn Steam Gala. With up to four visiting locomotives, the gala weekend includes a mixture of goods trains and local services with some double headed full line journeys and overnight services on Friday and Saturday. This special steam break is not to be missed.


North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Annual Steam Gala

Southern Railway 825 hauling the Pullman Carriages - © NYMRThursday 24 to Monday 28 September 2020

One of the premium rail events of the year! The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) hosts its Annual Steam Gala this September. The 3-day event features a mixture of services operated by both the NYMR’s own fleet as well as visiting locomotives. Marvel at the heritage engines and enjoy a host of exciting events across the 18 miles of breathtaking countryside from Pickering to Grosmont, taking in the world famous North Yorkshire Moors National Park along the way.


Why Choose Ffestiniog Travel?

  • UK's first rail tour operator to run an overseas escorted rail holiday in 1974
  • Created for people who love rail holidays and exploring the world’s heritage railways
  • Dedicated rail holiday specialist - great destinations, sightseeing and unparalled railway content
  • Train ticket supplier for worldwide rail operators - we can plan and arrange your rail journey to anywhere
  • Knowledge of the world’s rail routes makes us leading specialists in escorted and Tailor Made rail holidays
  • Over 60% of our existing rail tour travellers return to holiday with us year after year
  • Committed to supporting rail travel and heritage railways around the world
  • Our profits support the continued preservation of the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
  • Small, dedicated rail holiday travel team offering an award winning personal service


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