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Ah Valentine's Day, when the colours red and pink become predominant on the shelves of the local supermarkets and the hunt for the perfect gift becomes ever more urgent as the fourteenth inches closer. Well, panic over! Read on for a range of suggestions for truly unforgettable gifts to surprise your loved one with, from a diving dining experience to a after all, steam trains have a romance all of their own!
A Table for Two
Is there anything more romantic than a luxurious, dimly lit Orient Express style carriage hauled by a gently chugging steam train? Food is the way to many people's hearts and our Valentine's Day diner, complete with Charcuterie Selection, Sweet Chilli & Red Lentil Soup, Roast Breast of Duck and an Assiette of Desserts, may be just the thing to woo a loved one. You can even add flowers and a bottle of Champagne for an extra special touch!
Picture Perfect Love
If your other half always has their camera close to hand or if they just want to perfect the art of the "couple's selfie" then a Photography Experience could be the perfect gift for your loved one. Ideal for any skill level, the courses are a fantastic day out for those wishing to brush up on their skills or learn new ones, and incorporate train travel and on location photgraphy in the pretty Irwell Valley as well as areas not open to the public.
The Romance of Steam ... and Diesel
Maybe you are after something completely different? Something truly unique? Well how about treating your sweetheart to a Drive a Train experience. Choose between driving and firing a magnificent steam engine or driving and second-manning one of our preserved diesel locos. What's more is that you can share in your loved one's experience of a lifetime as two guests can journey behind the engine, join the guided tour and enjoy lunch.
For the Love of Ale
It's a date with our Valentine's Day Special Guided Rail Ale Trail! Board a heritage steam engine and, with an professional tour guide on hand, explore the picturesque Lancashire towns and villages dotted along the line, as well as some of the best drinking spots. From atmospheric pubs to cosy bars, our Rail Ale Trail could be an ideal date choice for you and your Valentine.
The Safe Option
Don't let the stress of picking the perfect present get you down, pick up one of our flexible Gift Vouchers and let your loved one choose whatever they would like, from a day spent driving a train or a romantic meal to photography courses or a Rail Ale Trail. There are a wide range of activity, special event and generic vouchers available to purchase over the phone or online.