The Cathedrals Explorer 2014



On the 12th of May Dunrobin Castle Station welcomed the first steam-pulled train to arrive from London since World War II. The Cathedrals Explorer, formed of the Stanier 'Black Five' 44871 pulling six carriages, steamed into the station with 250 passengers on board. Many more people were on the platform to watch the arrival.

The station building museum, housing the many interesting railway artefacts and memorabilia, was specially opened to visitors for the occasion.

Best selling railway author JULIAN HOLLAND was also on-board. Whilst at the station Julian signed copies of his latest book 'RAILWAY DAY TRIPS' which includes Inverness-Dunrobin.

The trip, organised by Steam Dreams, started at London's Victoria Station on Friday the 9th. The train left the capital being pulled, fittingly, by the 76 year old  'Duchess of Sutherland'. A number of other steam locomotives were used for the nine-day tour around the country.


The Cathedrals Explorer is organised by 'Steam Dreams' -


Clicking on the article images below will open the original newspaper page as an Adobe Acrobat 'pdf' for which you will need Adobe Reader

This article about the train made the front page!


On the 2nd May this article was published and the advert, below, also appeared.

Did you spot the 'deliberate' mistake? The train departed from Victoria and not Kings Cross! Whoops!


A few days after the visit the Northern Times reported on the train's journey in Sutherland




Other newspapers also covered the event

This paper also reports on the popularity of some 'Railway Magic'