Stemgas Publishing Co., publishers of Gas Engine Magazine and Iron Men Album, is planning an 'Engine Extravaganza' in England and Wales next summer, from Saturday, June 19 to Saturday, July 3, 1993.
Join C. H. Wendel, from Gas Engine Magazine, on this wonderful tour to England, where you'll see some great historical sights, visit some great engine collections, and enjoy a host of other attractions.
We'll fly from Chicago O'Hare to Heathrow (an option is also available from Philadelphia), and, while in England, we'll stay in a variety of interesting cities, including the ancient capital of Winchester, Bristol ('The Birthplace of America'), the Roman city of Chester, the ancient town of Kings Lynn. and finally London itself.
There'll be tours of Naval Museums in Portsmouth, engines at Stapehill, and a visit to the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu. Additionally, viewings will be arranged of private collections, and we'll see the World Heritage Site at Telford, home to the Ironbridge and birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
Highlights of the trip to England will be a visit to Tatton Park 1000 Engine Rally and a scenic tour through Wales to view the Mountain Railway system at Ffestiniog.
We'll also visit the Shuttleworth Collection and the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, before spending our last few days in London.
The price is just $1,948 per person, and includes return flights, 13 nights' hotel accommodation, all coaching, and the services of a Tour Manager. In addition, English engine expert Alex Skinner will accompany our party throughout.
England is a great vacation destination and now, on this tour, you can enjoy a great vacation and indulge your enthusiasm for steam and gas engines - both at the same time.
This holiday, arranged exclusively for Gas Engine Magazine and Iron Men Album readers, is provided by Wade Farm Tours. To book this holiday, write for a tour brochure to: Gas Engine England Tour, Stemgas Publishing Company, 356 West Orange Street, PO Box 328, Lancaster, PA 17603. Regrettably, reservations cannot be made by telephone, but for details of availability or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to telephone (717) 392-0733.
Highlights of the itinerary include:
June 20-Afternoon visit to The British Engineerium at Brighton. Evening (optional) visit to the Hants. County Museum.
June 21-Today you will visit the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu. This museum is designed to hold the story of motoring from 1895 right up to modern times. In the afternoon you will visit Stapehill Heritage Museum, which contains many vintage tractors from the National Collection, as well as other interesting exhibits of English country life.
June 22-This morning, visit the Royal Naval Dockyard at Portsmouth. See Nelson's Flagship H.M.S. Victory, and Henry VII's flagship, the Mary Rose. In the afternoon there will be a visit to the Chalkpits Museum.
June 23-In the afternoon you will transfer by coach to Bristol, via J. Upton's Stationary Engine Collection, Andover.
June 24-This morning you'll visit the SS Great Britain, the world's first iron ship, and Bristol Industrial Museum with its collection of aero engines. In the afternoon you'll visit the Roman Baths and Bath Industrial Heritage Centre.
June 25-We leave Bristol for the drive to Chester, via the scenic mid-Wales route to Porthmadog where you'll be able to take a train ride to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
June 26-Tatton Park 1000 Engine Rally, set in the grounds of the magnificent neoclassical Mansion which houses one of the finest collections of furniture in England. This evening there will be an Anglo/American dinner with specially-invited engine enthusiasts from the UK.
June 27-Full day visit to the Ironbridge Museum. The Ironbridge Gorge, one of the first World Heritage Sites in the UK, was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Here were made the first iron rails, iron wheels, iron boat, cast iron bridge, and even the first high pressure steam locomotive. Today, the Museum shows 20th century visitors how and why these events took place, and what life was like during those momentous years.
June 28-After a morning at leisure in Chester you head east, via the National Tramway Museum near Matlock in Derbyshire and the magnificent scenery of the Peak District National Park, to the Royal County of Norfolk and the town of Kings Lynn.
June 29-Her Majesty the Queen's Country House at Sandringham and her unique collection of motor vehicles await you this morning on a visit to the Monarch's private Norfolk home. In the afternoon you'll pay a memorable visit to the excellent Thursford Collection of steam engines and organs.
June 30-Transfer Kings Lynn-London. Morning: The Imperial War Museum at Duxford, where you can see a vast array of warplanes and civil aircraft, including the prototype Concorde. Afternoon: The Shuttleworth Collection, Biggleswade.
July 1-Morning guided sightseeing tour of London. Optional afternoon Thames boat trip, visiting Greenwich and the Cutty Sark, the Thames Barrier and the London Transport Museum.
July 2-Free day in London. Optional visit to Kew Pumping Engines Museum, which has an unusual collection of tractors and engines.