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DEPARTS:

  • Horsham /
  • Pulborough /
  • Arundel /
  • Chichester

This unique tour offers a journey through time as we take a rail odyssey through the rolling hills and gentle scenery of beautiful Sussex and Wiltshire with a choice of two of the UK’s best loved destinations.

Our journey begins at the historic town of Horsham. From here our steam locomotive takes us south, towards the channel, picking up passengers along the way. We continue towards Hampshire with views of the Solent in the direction of Southampton. Our scenery quickly changes as we cross into Wiltshire, passing the outskirts of Salisbury with a chance to catch a glimpse of Salisbury Cathedral’s iconic Spire as we pass by. Keen eyes will glimpse the Westbury White Horse etched on the hillside as we head through the rolling hills of southern England on our way to Bath. Upon arrival at Bath the time is yours to explore the city at your leisure.  Alternatively, continue to the vivid city of Bristol where you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do during your visit. After a wonderful break we meet back at the arrival station and will welcome you back on board for our homeward journey by vintage diesel.

Destinations

Bath

Travel to the stunning roman city of Bath and explore its many museums and places of interest. Exquisite Roman and Georgian architecture, a remarkable collection of museums and galleries and fantastic independent shops await you here. It has some of the very finest architectural sights in Europe including the Roman Baths and Pump Room, Pulteney Bridge, the Abbey and Royal Crescent. Bath’s compact, visitor-friendly city centre is overflowing with places to eat and drink, plus some of the finest independent shops in Britain, making it the ideal destination.

Bristol

Often referred to as the city of bridges, boats, Brunel and now Banksy, Bristol is full of things to do and see. From the remodelled docklands, Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain, the Maritime Museum, to the zoo and gardens. Its former city-centre port is now a cultural hub, and at the Harbourside, the M Shed Museum explores local social and industrial heritage. The harbour’s 19th-century warehouses now contain restaurants, shops and cultural institutions such as contemporary art gallery The Arnolfini.

SOMETHING TO SUIT EVERYONE

Classes of travel

Pullman Dining

FROM £395
  

A sumptuous culinary experience amidst opulent surroundings, where guests can relax in plush, spacious armchair seating arranged around splendidly dressed tables of two and four. Attentive service adds an ambiance of old-world charm and sophistication, transporting you to a world of nostalgia and comfort.

On a full day journey, guests will be welcomed on board with our signature Champagne cocktail, followed by a multicourse breakfast. On the return journey, wine is served alongside a seasonal ‘carte de jour’, concluding with cheese board, coffee and petit fours.

First Class

FROM £195
 (non-dining) 

First Class offers guests an unparalleled journey into the past aboard elegantly restored carriages with comfortable and spacious seating around tables of two and four.

A sanctuary for those seeking a refined and leisurely journey without dining-on-board, First Class guests are welcomed on board with Bucks Fizz and freshly brewed coffee and tea. You can sink into your seat as scenic vistas unfold beyond the windows or toast your journey in our beautifully restored Buffet Car with its polished marquetry, large picture windows and convivial atmosphere.

Premium Standard

FROM £165
 (non-dining) 

Premium Standard offers a nostalgic and authentic journey onboard a beautifully restored carriage that embodies the charm of a bygone era, with its classic decor and comfortable seating around tables for four.

Passengers can enjoy the sights and sounds of steam travel and the camaraderie of fellow travellers, whilst enjoying complimentary tea and coffee. Passengers are invited to treat themselves at our Buffer Car where they will find a selection of hot and cold snacks and a selection of wine, beer, spirits, and cold drinks available for purchase.

CONFIRMED TRAVEL TIMINGS

Boarding Stations

The following pick-up and set-down stations are available on this journey

STATIONDEPARTSRETURNS
Horsham 08.14 22.42
Pulborough 08.29 22.22
Arundel 08.40 22.05
Chichester 09.01 21.44

Destinations

The following destinations stations are available on this journey

STATIONARRIVESDEPARTS
Bath Spa 12.32 18.49
Bristol Temple Meads 13.14 18.36

Scheduled locomotive


Mayflower

61306

Built for the London & North Eastern Railway, 61306 is one of two surviving B1 Class locomotives.

The B1’s were designed as mixed traffic locomotives capable of hauling express passenger trains as well as freight traffic. As powerful, go anywhere engines, the B1’s worked across most of the UK rail network from East Anglia to Scotland.

Mayflower was built in 1948 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow but was delivered post-nationalisation and acquired the number 61306 by British Railways. She was first allocated to Hull Botanic Gardens Depot followed by a spell at Hull Dairycotes Depot before being finally transferred to Low Moor Depot, Bradford. She was the last B1 in service, her final trip was hauling the ‘Yorkshire Pullman’ from Leeds in September 1967.

Mayflower was immediately purchased for preservation and was initially based at Steamtown in Carnforth. She was fully restored for mainline operation and was given the name ‘Mayflower’ in 1970 by the then owner to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the sailing of the original Mayflower from Plymouth. She worked a number of railtours in the 1970’s.

Acquired by Steam Dreams previous owner, David Buck, in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul. Resplendent in the early British Railways apple green livery as she was originally given when delivered in 1948 she returned to full mainline operation in early 2019.

Mayflower has two cylinders, 6 driving wheels, a firebox grate area of 30 square feet and can operate at 75mph.

Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the steam hauled sections of the trip listed, it cannot be guaranteed and may be substituted for a different engine.
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