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Santa Steam Express


  • London Euston /
  • Bletchley /
  • Ridgmont /
  • Bedford

Step aboard for an enchanting steam journey to a land of legends where you can discover one of three fascinating destinations. For fans of stately homes there is Belvoir Castle, one of the most magnificent and beautiful Regency houses in England; for city lovers and culture vultures, the city of Nottingham has much to offer and for history fans, a visit to Lincoln is not to be missed.

Our journey begins at London Euston Station as your liveried steward welcomes you aboard. Relax in sumptuous surroundings and let our steam locomotive take the strain as we continue North, through the suburbs and along the Marston Vale line on our expedition to Nottinghamshire. Here, you can explore the vibrant city centre and discover the legend of Robin Hood or visit Belvoir Castle. Crowning a hill, its turrets and towers rise over the Vale of Belvoir like an illustration in a romantic fairy-tale. Alternatively, continue to Lincoln to spend time in the Cathedral City. After a wonderful break we meet back at the arrival station and will welcome you back on board for our homeward journey.



Forever associated with the Robin Hood legend, Nottingham is a dynamic county capital with interesting attractions and evocative historical sights. Among Nottingham’s important historical sites and features are its unique labyrinth of caves under the city, the splendid mansion that is now Nottingham Castle Museum an Art Gallery, with, close by, the spot where Charles I raised his standard to begin the English Civil War.


Standing proudly above the fens, Lincoln was the capital of the Roman Province covering most of eastern England. Lincoln offers an experience rich in history combined with boutique shopping, and great arts and culture. Today the world famous cathedral and castle are at the centre of a vivacious city offering plenty of choice for sightseers.

Optional Excursions

Belvoir Castle

£42.00 per person

Belvoir Castle is an imposing castle commanding outstanding views, for which it earned its name. Now pronounced ‘beaver’, the castle remains as one of the most magnificent and beautiful Regency houses in England.

Belvoir Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Rutland. The family have lived at Belvoir in an unbroken line for almost a thousand years and invite you to their home to enjoy and share its many grand and unique rooms and layers of history, as well as numerous paintings and treasures that have been collected by the family for nearly 1,000 years. Outside the walls, the castle gardens are a mix of classical formal gardens, including Japanese, Duchess’s and Hermits gardens as well as the castle’s woodland walks.

Your ticket includes transfers to and from the castle by road coach and a guided tour of the castle.



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

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

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.


Boarding Stations

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

London Euston 07.30 22.30
Bletchley 08.20 21.30
Ridgmont 08.50 21.10
Bedford 09.40 20.30


The following destinations stations are available on this journey

Lincoln 13.10 16.10
Nottingham 12.20 17.00

All timings shown above are approximate and may be subject to change.

Scheduled locomotive

Sir Nigel Gresley


Sir Nigel Gresley is an A4 class locomotive built by the London & North Eastern Railway in 1937.

The locomotive is named after the company’s then Chief Mechanical Engineer. In 1935 the LNER introduced the streamlined A4 Class locomotives to improve the speed of their trains and compete with the increased competition from road transport. Initially introduced to haul the new Silver Jubilee express between London and Newcastle, the class was an instant success, with 2509 Silver Link, setting a new British speed record of 112 mph on the first press run! In 1936 this was bettered by Silver Fox, another A4 Class Locomotive, before in 1938 a further member of the class, number 4468 Mallard, set an all-time world speed record for steam traction of 126 mph.

During its working life Sir Nigel Gresley was mainly allocated to King’s Cross depot, often known as ‘Top Shed’ and worked King’s Cross to York, Leeds, Newcastle & Edinburgh expresses. In the 1960s the locomotive moved to Scotland and hauled the Edinburgh to Aberdeen trains until withdrawal in 1966.

Thirteen years earlier, in 1959 the locomotive had set a post-war world speed record of 112 mph when working a special train from Doncaster to London, and as such was ear marked for preservation. The A4 Preservation Society, now a registered Charity, the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust, successfully purchased Sir Nigel Gresley and moved the locomotive to Crewe for overhaul.

Sir Nigel Gresley has enjoyed periods of mainline activity from the 1967 onwards and the locomotive hauled its first train for Steam Dreams in 2008.

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.

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.