Posh train trip for Derbyshire people aboard the iconic Northern Belle

Step aboard one of the poshest trains in the world for a champagne trip from Derby to York and the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 9:26 am
The steam-hauled Northern Belle featured in Channel 5's World's Most Scenic Railways programme when actor Bill Nighy travelled through the Yorkshire Dales.

The Northern Belle is getting back on track after lockdown on May 22, giving Derbyshire passengers the opportunity to settle back in the 1930s-style carriages and soak up the sights.

Only 200 passengers will be welcomed aboard as the normal capacity has had to be halved to maintain social distancing requirements.

A spokesman said: “The safety of everybody on board – passengers and staff – is paramount. So we have been forced to reduce the train capacity drastically.

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Have a great day out at York or Harrogate Flower Show after leaving Derby on the Northern Belle train on May 22.

"But it’s great to be back on track again after the lockdown.

"It should be a blooming lovely day out for those passengers who go to the flower show, while there is always plenty to do and see in the splendid city of York.”

Once part of the iconic Orient Express group, the Northern Belle recently featured on Channel 5’s World's Most Scenic Railways programme. Legendary actor Bill Nighy enjoyed a steam-hauled journey through the Yorkshire Dales, telling viewers: “Our plush tour has been the experience of a lifetime.”

Passengers will board the train over a red carpet at Derby at 8.40am on May 22 and be handed a Bellini cocktail After free time in York or Harrogate they will return to a champagne reception followed by a five-course dinner with wine served on the journey home. The train is scheduled to arrive back at Derby at 9.50pm.

Elegant dining in the 1930s-style carriages.

The price is £315 per passenger. For more details and to book with a 15% deposit, go to www.northernbelle.co.uk.