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After humble beginnings, running rail tours around the country turned into an important source of income for the Society. They were covered in detail in Joint Line 168 to 172 and what follows is an updated version of the listing in first article.

This listing is still not complete but no further information is to hand. Some entries have clarifications within square brackets. In 1979 and 1980 there are a number of tours where the words ‘Day Out With A Difference no. xxx’ are in italic. This is to denote that the tour number is assumed – they are based on the number of tours known about in that period and the few whose designation we are certain of.

Organised by the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway Preservation Society

21 May 1960

‘Waveney Valley and M&GN Special’
Norwich City, Melton Constable, Sheringham, North Walsham, Wensum Junction, Tivetshall, Beccles, Lowestoft, Norwich Thorpe. J15s 65469 and 65462

8 October 1960

‘Waveney Valley and M&GN Special’
Norwich City, Reepham, Themelthorpe Curve, Aylsham South, Hoveton and Wroxham, Wensum Junction, Tivetshall, Beccles, Lowestoft, Norwich Thorpe. B12 61572 and J15 65469

27 May 1961

‘M&GN Special’ – details of the tour are in M&GN in Colour Vol I
Peterborough North, Wisbech North, Sutton Bridge, Bourne, Peterborough North. At least 4MT 43151

26 May 1962

Cambridge, Mildenhall, Fordham, King’s Lynn, South Lynn, East Rudham, South Lynn, King’s Lynn, Ryston, Stoke Ferry, Downham Market, Ely, Cambridge. At least 43149

5 October 1963

‘Wandering 1500’ – details of the tour are in B12s Remembered 
Broad Street, Bedford, Northampton Castle, Stratford-on-Avon, Rugby, London Broad Street. B12/3 61572.
This was the last steaming of the B12 for 31 years

19 September 1964

Tour cancelled
Paddington, Bath, S&DJR, Bournemouth, Evercreech Junction, Chippenham, Paddington. 61572 and others

4 March 1967

‘East Anglian Branch Farewell Rail Tour’
Marks Tey, King’s Lynn, Dereham, Cromer, Sheringham, Cromer Beach, Norwich Thorpe, Cambridge. DMU

23 September 1967

‘Cathedrals Express’
Ipswich, Norwich. March, Peterborough, Spalding, Doncaster, York. 4472 Flying Scotsman – the tour was a joint venture between M&GNJRS, Alan Pegler and the Gainsborough Model Railway Club

7 October 1967

The ‘Fenland Rambler’
Cambridge, Peterborough, Spalding, March, Ely, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Beccles, Lowestoft, North Walsham, Cromer, Sheringham

7 September 1968

‘East Anglian Branch Farewell No. 2’
Cambridge, March, King’s Lynn, Hunstanton, King’s Lynn, Dereham, Cromer–Sheringham return, Norwich Thorpe, Lowestoft, Ipswich. DMU

14 September 1968

‘The Chesterfield Flyer’
Ipswich, Norwich, Chesterfield for the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway or a coach trip to Chatsworth or Crich Tram Museum. 4472 Flying Scotsman

8 March 1969

The ‘Worth Valley Limited’
Cambridge, Leeds. DMU

20 September 1969

‘The Dart Valley Limited’
Norwich, Cambridge, Stratford, Reading Newton Abbot and return. The first through train from Norwich to Newton Abbott crossing London via the North London line to Acton Wells Junction

Organised by the M&GN Rail Tours Syndicate in the Society’s name, though not under Society control, and may have used the title ‘Day Out With A Difference’

24 January 1970

‘The Essex Coast Express’
Liverpool Street, Bishops Stortford, Barking, Shoeburyness, Tilbury Riverside, Fenchurch Street, Clacton, Colchester St Boltolphs, Liverpool Street. EMU

7 March 1970

‘The East Anglian’
Stratford, Newmarket, Harwich, Manningtree, Felixstowe, Ipswich, Cromer–Sheringham return, Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Cambridge, Stratford. DMU

16 May 1970

‘London Termini’
Fenchurch Street, Liverpool Street via various London terminii. DMU

6 June 1970

Charing Cross, London Bridge,Paddington, King’s Cross and ‘over the complexity of south London and north London tracks’. DEMU

12 September 1970

‘London Termini’
Charing Cross, London Bridge, Blackfriars, Marylebone, Paddington, Broad Street, Moorgate, Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street, Euston, Waterloo, Victoria, London Bridge. DEMU 1007

26 September 1970

‘Eastern Belle’
Paddington to East Anglia return with optional trips to other attractions available

26 September 1970

‘The Brontë Pullman’
Liverpool Street, Ely, Peterborough, Rotherham Central, Normanton, Keighley, Leeds, Doncaster, Ely return. D1582 and D1582

24 April 1971

‘Eastern Belle’
Liverpool Street, Hertford North, Royston, Ely–Whitemoor return, Thetford, Norwich Wensum Curve, Lowestoft, Ipswich, Liverpool Street. Class 47 D1524

12 June 1971

‘London Termini No. 2’
Clapham Junction, Moorgate, Euston, Paddington, Marylebone, Clapham Junction, Barking, Fenchurch Street. North Woolwich, Liverpool Street, Waterloo. 3 x DMUs: E56417, E51296; E56123, E51270; E56424, E51292

Organised by the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway Preservation Society under the banner ‘Day Out With A Difference’

26 September 1971

Day Out With A Difference no. 1
St Pancras, Wakefield, Leeds, Keighley, Normanton, Sheffield, St Pancras for Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, coach tour of Brontëland or visit Bradford trolley buses. Class 46 D189 and Class 47 1572

8–10 October 1971

‘The Highlander’ [organised by Rail Tours Syndicate]
Liverpool Street, Scotland for, provisionally, Mallaig, Kyle of Lochalsh, Tay and Forth bridges

13 November 1971

‘Boomerang No. 1’ [organised by Rail Tours Syndicate]
Liverpool Street, Willesden Junction High Level, Clapham Junction, Wimbledon, Richmond, Cricklewood, Liverpool Street. DMU E50568, E59210, E50564

12 February 1972

Day Out With A Difference no. 2
Euston, Carlisle, Penrith and Keswick for Keswick branch before closure

18 March 1972

Day Out With A Difference no. 3
Marylebone, Quainton Road, Leighton Buzzard return via Neasden for the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway

13 May 1972

Day Out With A Difference no. 4
Euston, Bury and Rawtenstall to visit the Bury and Rawtenstall branch before closure

11 June 1972

Day Out With A Difference no. 5
St Pancras, Bedford, Wolverhampton High Level and return for visit to Severn Valley Railway; optional coach tour to Stratford-on-Avon and Shakespeare country [due to industrial action this tour was switched from railway to road at short notice]

2 July 1972

Day Out With A Difference no. 6
St Albans, Bluebell Railway and the Kent and East Sussex Railway at Rolvenden (this tour was by road)

24 September 1972

Day Out With A Difference no. 7
London, Wroxham for boat trip then to Sheringham for ride on North Norfolk Railway (this tour was by road)

30 September 1972

Day Out With A Difference no. 8
St Pancras, St Albans, Leicester or Bedford (Midland Road) to Malton and Scarborough return for North York Moors Railway with optional afternoon coach tour of the Moors or visit to Hornsea Pottery

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