Culture, Enthusiast

Return of the Thunder Vac

Saturday 27 July 2019
United Kingdom

To celebrate the first year of Hanson & Hall Rail, we have teamed up with them and invite you to join us on a Summer time mainline day out hauled by their trusty stead, Class 50 number 50008. ‘Thunderer’ has not hauled a passenger train on the mainline since 1991 where she was withdrawn shortly after for a life in preservation and a return to the mainline hauling yellow plant and freight. After a year of serving the rail industry under the Hanson & Hall banner, she returns to the mainline to do what she was always best at, express passenger train haulage. This circular tour heads from Derby via the Erewash Valley, the ‘steel city’ and York to Carlisle, picking up at Derby, Long Eaton, Sheffield and Leeds, and travelling out via York and the beautiful Hadrian’s Wall line, a route very rare for Class 50 haulage be it passenger or freight. After a two hour stop in Carlisle, our train heads home via the ever stunning Settle & Carlisle line. After a brief stop for photos at Garsdale and an additional set down stop at Skipton, our train continues home via Hensall and Doncaster setting down again at Leeds, Sheffield and Derby.


  • join in Derby, Sheffield or Leeds
  • private charter train with reserved seating
  • air conditioned carriages (mark 2)
  • Scenic Erewash Valley, Hadrian’s Wall and famous Settle and Carlisle lines
  • hauled by vintage (1968) Class 50 locomotive

This tour is being run in Conjunction with Hansen and Hall and the BLS

Class 50 – 50008 Thunderer – built 1968

A raffle will raise funds for Clapham Preschool (Bedfordshire), helping them to install a new playground. A Buffet Car will serve a wide range of drinks, snacks and light refreshments including a selection of real ales.

Our departure from Derby is timed at 0757, 15 minutes after the first East Midlands Trains arrival from London and Leicester. Departure from Derby is also planned after arrivals from Crewe, Stoke, Birmingham and Nottingham. Sorry, but we cannot wait for delayed arrivals!

It is fully expected that this will be 50008’s only mainline passenger train outing for several years to come as business commitments will be keeping her busy for the foreseeable future.

Standard Class seating at £112 and limited 1st class remaining at £175. 

Existing PTG Customers Save £15 on these prices

Derby (PU 07.57) – Long Eaton (PU 08.09) – Alfreton – Sheffield (PU 08.45) – Swinton – Leeds (PU 10.00) – York – Durham – Haltwhistle – Carlisle (break 13.30 to 16.30) – Garsdale (photo stop) – Ribblehead – Skipton (SD 17.43/53) – Leeds (SD 19.15) – Hambleton South Jn – Doncaster – Sheffield (SD 20.18) – Derby (SD 21.20). 

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Ticket Price (per person) – reduced prices for existing  PTG customers only

  • Standard Class: £112 £95
  • First Class: £175 £160
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