Company founder Kevin Melia, who attended school at Liverpool College, banded together with 2 friends, Shaun and Nick, some years after studying Management at UCLAN. His older brother John Melia then got involved a few years later. They run the business out of the family home in south Liverpool. They promote the environmental advantages of trains over cars. Many thousands of passenger journeys have now been undertaken with Compass Tours. The tours are typically very popular, and usually carry up to 500-600 passengers. They have become one of Britain's main rail excursion organisers in the Midlands, North Wales, North of England and Scottish Borders.
In 2011 Compass Tours ran its first steam operations with 5 Mersey Moorlander trips that ran every Monday over August, From Crewe via Liverpool to Carlisle, with Steam haulage from Preston. Out via Settle rtn via Shap. The Mersey Moorlander is now a regular that will be run during the summer months
Also In 2012 Compass Tours ran a second set of steam tours this time to York, this set of tours going under the name The Roses Express. These tours had 3 different starting stations them being, Southport, Barrow-in-Furness & Hooton.
- "Day trip starts new service". Liverpool Daily Post. 2006-08-01. p. 7.
- Anderson, Vicky (2007-04-10). "Diesel tours take to the tracks: Railway brothers turn dreams into reality". Liverpool Daily Post. p. 3. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
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