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70th Birthday Charter Train - “The Lickey Incliner II”

Sunday 8th October

Celebrating his 70th Birthday, as well as over 50 years working within the railway industry, Alan Spencer will be welcoming friends, family and invited guests aboard a very special charter train.

The train will cover many routes associated with Alan's long and illustrious railway career, stretching from his early years as a Fireman based at Bromsgrove MPD (1963-70), right through to his current involvement with ROG at Derby and the Peak Railway at Rowsley. His involvement with the introduction and driver training on Class 458's for South West Trains is acknowledged by a visit to Heartlands Park at Washwood Heath. The freight facility at Moreton Park also features, as do several other non-passenger lines. An afternoon break is taken in Worcester.

The train will be formed of mainly First Class coaches for invited guests only, however, a number of Standard Class coaches are available for general passenger bookings to enable as many people as possible to enjoy the day with Alan.

All profits from the running of this train will be going to worthwhile charities, including The Railway Mission, Railway Children, Woking Homes and Peak Rail

The train is expected to be hauled by a ROG Class 37 and 47/8 in top n tail mode throughout, with a mixture of  Mk1 & Mk2 coaching stock used.


The full requested route is as follows:

Derby (depart 08:30) – Sinfin Goods – St Andrews Siding – Derby (PU) – Broadholme Goods – Matlock (PU) – Darley Dale – Rowsley South (Peak Rail) – Darley Dale – Matlock – Broadholme Loop – Breadsall Goods – Derby Goods (maybe the last chance before re-modelling) – Burton on Trent Goods – Elford Loop – Tamworth (PU) – Water Orton – Heartlands Park (Washwood Heath) – Birmingham New Street (PU) – Smethwick Rolfe Street – Rowley Regis Loop – Stourbridge Junction – Droitwich Loop – Droitwich Spa (PU) – Worcester Foregate Street – Hereford – Moreton-on-Lugg – Moreton Park Goods – Moreton-on-Lugg – Hereford – Worcester Shrub Hill (2 hour break) – Bromsgrove (SD) – The Lickey Incline – Camp Hill – Tamworth (SD) – Burton on Trent Goods – St Andrews Siding – Derby (SD) – Chaddesden Sidings – Derby (arrive 20:30).

Various Passenger/Goods Loops have been requested during the day. Final confirmation of the route will be notified to each passenger when tickets are dispatched approximately 7 days before the tour.

The route has been chosen to cover lines that Alan worked over during his early railway career, plus those he has current connections with. The train will be operated by ROG (Rail Operations Group) .

A buffet car will be provided on the train serving light refreshments throughout the journey. A selection of real ales will also be available on board.

Profits from this train will be donated to The Railway Mission & Railway Children, plus a donation in lieu of access charges to Peak Rail.


Are priced as follows from all pick-up points:

A very limited number of First Class tickets may become available. If so, then details of how to upgrade will be sent out to all pre-booked passengers.

To Book:

All bookings must be made in advance

Please click the button below:

 Lickey Incliner II Booking

Fill in the form and  print and complete a cheque for the total amount payable to “Mr Stuart Smith”.  Send the form and payment  to:

Stuart Smith, 22 Doidges Farm Close, Eggbuckland, PLYMOUTH, Devon, PL6 5WF


Please email: Stuart Smith (click to email)