Britain’s first luxury high-speed diesel-electric train will be coming through Suffolk this summer. 

The Midland Pullman train is iconic in British rail history and ran in the early 1960s between Manchester Central and London St Pancras.

It last made the journey in 1966 when the line became electric and trains became much faster.

The Midland Pullman has been running luxury train journeys around the UK for many years and it has been announced that the train will be passing through Suffolk and collecting passengers from various stations in August.

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Those travelling from Ipswich will leave the station about the 1960s locomotive at 7.15am on Friday, August 16, before stopping to collect passengers from Stowmarket at 7.30am and Bury St Edmunds at 7.50am. 

The train then travels north through the British countryside until it reaches Fort William in the west of Scotland at about 8.30pm.

On Saturday, the train departs Fort William at 9am for an 84-mile round trip on the Jacobite line to Mallaig – passing Ben Nevis and across the viaduct featured in the Harry Potter films – before passengers enjoy the afternoon in Fort William. 

Bury Mercury: Passengers will cross a viaduct famously filmed in the Harry Potter franchise on the SaturdayPassengers will cross a viaduct famously filmed in the Harry Potter franchise on the Saturday (Image: PA PICTURE DESK)

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The train departs the Scottish town at 9am on the Sunday and makes the journey back down south, dropping passengers are their respective stations late in the evening.

There are two travel options available: Pullman Dining from £700 per person and first-class non-dining, with tickets starting at £350 per person. 

Those who choose the Pullman Dining option will enjoy a Full English breakfast and four-course dinner on the departure day, morning Tea or Coffee and shortbread and a light lunch on the Saturday and a seven-course ‘Taste of Scotland’ lunch on the return journey.

A glass of champagne is also served as part of the meal. 

Tickets are available to purchase and more information can be found on the Midland Pullman website.