North Eastern Express at Durham

The Robbie Burns Express
Friday 2nd May 2014

Join us on a trip to scenic Burns Country direct from your local Mid Cheshire Line railway station to Kilmarnock, Dumfries and Ayr.

Note the change in date from Saturday 3rd May because of engineering works on the West Coast Main Line.

The train will pick up at Hooton, Chester, Mouldsworth, Cuddington, Greenbank, Northwich, Plumley, Knutsford, Mobberley, Hale, Altrincham and then Stockport, Manchester Victoria, Bolton, Chorley and Preston.  

The excursion takes the West Coast Main Line, “turns left” at Gretna Green and skirts the Solway coast to Dumfries.

We then travel up Nithsdale to Kilmarnock and finally head west to the seaside town of Ayr, home of the Burns National Heritage Park and Museum.  

There is also a Burns Centre and house in Dumfries and the Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock. 

The excursion is being run in association with Compass Tours who will be administering the bookings and whose terms and conditions will apply.

The Train 

Our train will comprise traditional British Rail coaches hauled by a diesel locomotive.   

First class seats are arranged around tables for two (supplement payable) and four, and Standard class mostly around tables for four.  

There will be a buffet car and trolley service and each passenger will have a reserved seat and detailed route description. 


Standard fares are £64 (Member), £69 (Non-member), Seniors £59 and £62.

First Class are £99 (Member), £109 (Non-member), Seniors £89 and £98

Table for two supplements in First Class are £10 per passenger. 

How to Book

You may book online with secure payment or download a Booking Form and pay by cheque.

Click here to book online via Compass Tours

Click here to download a Booking Form

Click here to contact MCRUA for more information


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