There will be a vast variety of tours:
- Model Railways – visit a wide range of model railways from small to large. There will be organised tours to layouts you only read about in magazines so this will be a unique opportunity to visit some well-known layouts that never come out. We will also visit clubs and local layouts.
- Railways – visit the real thing at either industrial sites or current railway locations or, instead, visit a wide range of preserved railways running steam and diesels.
- Industrial Heritage – take the opportunity to learn about historic canals (Birmingham has more canals than Venice), the birthplace of the industrial revolution and local trades.
- Tourist – there are so many options from visiting London to stately homes. Many members attend with their partners who may have no interest in railways. We will make sure that they are well catered for both in the Convention Centre and out on the road.
- Dining – take an evening out to try a local Balti, fish and chips or have a traditional Sunday roast or afternoon tea. We’re also hoping to offer dining trains and a medieval banquet!
Tours are usually a half or a full day with some evening tours too to more local attractions.
Tours are usually on a coach with a guide but some will involve rail travel. The UK generally has small houses and no basements so we will clearly mark the access requirements for all tours.
There will also be a team of local members and helpers on hand to advise on all the local attractions, dining venues, car hire etc for those wanting to create their own unique tours.
If there is a downside, there will be so much on offer that you will not be able to do all you would like!