Pathfinder Tours Reach 1000 Trains
Pathfinder Tours, based at Inchbrook near Stroud have been organising train excursions at roughly the rate of 30 a year since 1973 and have now reached the milestone of their 1000th train.
The train was the Heart of Wales Rambler which set off on Saturday 20th June from Exeter and picked up passengers at stations along the way through Somerset to Bristol Temple Meads. The route then followed the scenic single track Heart of Wales lines as it meandered through villages and hamlets on its way to Shrewsbury.
General Manager, Peter Watts, has always loved rail travel and this led him into setting up a charter train excursion business which has developed into today’s Pathfinder Tours. He has always taken a personal interest in planning the operation of the trips and over the years Pathfinder has carried in excess of 350,000 passengers to become a trusted name in rail excursions.
Peter said “Back in 1973 I never thought that we would get to 1000 trains. It is a real achievement and I am very proud to have reached it. I am very grateful to everyone who has been involved with Pathfinder over the years to make it the success it is today.”
Peter’s knowledge of the railway network is reflected in the excursions that are lovingly created every year, going to destinations around the UK along some of the well-known scenic lines and also some rather more unusual routes for passenger trains for the enthusiasts. Most trains are made up of heritage carriages hauled by veteran steam or diesel locomotives evoking bygone eras. Journeys vary in length from a mere 200 miles on a local steam hauled trip to over 2,000 on a four day diesel pulled rail-cruise to Scotland.
Peter and the Pathfinder team really pride themselves on the high level of customer service they provide and many of their passengers have become friends and travel over and over again as they value the company’s attention to detail, plus the friendly support from the volunteer stewards and ‘Frying Scotsman’ catering staff. Regular passengers vary in age from early teens to 90 plus; some are train enthusiasts, whilst others are just keen on travelling with Pathfinder.
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