Stem gas Publishing Company, publishers of Iron Men Album and Gas Engine Magazine, are planning an 'Engine Extravaganza' next summer, from June 19 to July 3, 1993.
Join C. H. Wendel, 'Reflections' columnist 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 to London, (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.
The price is just $1,948 per person. It includes return flights, 13 nights' hotel accommodation, all coaching and the services of a Tour Manager and, in addition, English engine expert Alex Skinner will accompany our party throughout.
This holiday, arranged exclusively for Gas Engine Magazine and Iron Men Album readers, is provided by Wade Farm Tours. To book this holiday, write to: England Tour, Stem gas Publishing Company, 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 20Early morning arrival into London Heathrow Airport. Afternoon visit to The British Engineer at Brighton. Evening (optional) visit to the Hants. County Museum.
June 21Today 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, visit Stapehill Heritage Museum, which contains many vintage tractors from the National Collection as well as other exhibits of English country life.
June 22This morning, visit the Royal Naval Dockyard at Portsmouth where you'll see Nelson's Flagship H.M.S. Victory, and Henry VII's flagship, the Mary Rose. In the afternoon, a visit to the Chalk pits Museum.
June 23Travel to Bristol, 'The Birthplace of America,' via J. Upton's Stationary Engine Collection, Andover.
June 24This 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 journey to Bath Industrial Heritage Centre.
June 25We leave Bristol this morning for the drive to Chester. We'll travel via the scenic mid-Wales route to Porthmadog where you'll be able to take a train ride to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
June 26Tatton 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 27Full day visit to the Iron bridge Museum. The Iron bridge Gorge 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 29Her 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 Thursfor Collection of steam engines and organs.
June 30The Imperial War Museum at Duxford, where you can see a vast array of warplanes and civil aircraft, including the prototype Concorde. In the afternoon, view the Shuttle worth Collection.
July 2Full free day. Optional visit to Kew Pumping Engines Museum which has an unusual collection of tractors and engines.