Trains leave Euston Monday to Friday at 21.30 (21.10 on Sunday) and arrive at Fort William at 10.25. The return service from Fort William leaves at 19.50 Monday to Friday (Sunday 19.05) arriving 7.47. A super saver standard fare is pounds 82 return and sleeping berth costs pounds 27 each way. Full details can be found on the Internet at www.scotrail.co.uk
Fort William to Mallaig
Once in Fort William you can take the connecting steam train - the Jacobite - to Mallaig, gateway to the Isle of Skye and the Small Isles to the south of Skye - Rum Eigg, Muck and Canna. The route includes the enormous Glenfinnan rail viaduct, overlooking Loch Sheil where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745. This may be your only chance this summer to take a working steam train on the national rail network. Railtrack has called for a suspension of steam trains throughout England and Wales for the summer months. Dry weather has increased the risk of sparks igniting tracksides.
Trains leave Fort William at 10.35 and arrive at Mallaig at 12.25. Bookings can be made by telephone on 01397 703791
Darlington to Whitby
This connects with the East Coast main line from London to Newcastle/Edinburgh. It takes you through Middlesbrough, scene of footballing heartbreak, Marton, birthplace of Captain Cook, and on across the thickly wooded northern reaches of the North York Moors national park before dropping to the seaside town of Whitby. Jump off at Grosmont to connect with the North York Moors Railway steam trains for an 18-mile ride across the moors.
Darlington to Whitby: day return pounds 9.70.
North York Moors Railway: return excursion pounds 8.90
Carnforth to Ravenglass
Tracing the shoreline, the train winds its way through marshes and over estuaries with panoramic views of Morecambe Bay, and Furness Abbey just outside Barrow where you have to change trains. The mountains of the Lake District provide the backdrop to the final leg. If you want to get closer to them, connect at Ravenglass with the narrow-gauge Ravenglass-Eskdale railway for an enchanting journey into the heart of the fells.
Carnforth to Ravenglass: saver return from pounds 10.70
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway: return excursion pounds 6.10