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Santa Steam Express


  • London Paddington /
  • Slough /
  • Reading /
  • Newbury

Travel along one of the most scenic railway lines in England and enjoy a day filled with pure nostalgia. From the moment your vintage train chugs into the platform, to sinking into your comfortable seat, all of life’s stresses and strains will melt away as we travel mile after mile through picturesque British countryside with stunning coastal views on our way to the English Riviera.

Leaving London behind we begin our journey hauled by vintage diesel before picking up our steam locomotive in Taunton. From here the panoramic views unfold beyond the window as we run along the estuary of the Exe River. Sweeping round the mouth of the river, we run along the seashore for mile after mile before joining the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway where our steam locomotive will be put through its paces as she climbs high above the Devon hills before descending into the Dart Estuary at Kingswear.



One of the brightest jewels in the English Riviera’s crown, as you arrive in the seaside resort of Paignton, you are met with the welcoming sight of its long stretch of beautiful and easily accessible beachfront, promenade, traditional pier, colourful beach huts and green.


Set opposite the town of Dartmouth, on the banks of the River Dart, Kingswear is a charming characterful village that has some of the most beautiful views across the Dart. The village is the perfect place to while away a few hours in this pretty seaside destination. For those who like to explore a little further afield, it is just a short ferry crossing from Kingswear to Dartmouth, a vibrant harbour town with pretty cobbled streets lined with independent shops and galleries.


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 Paddington 07.10 22.40
Slough 07.40 22.05
Reading 08.05 21.35
Newbury 08.35 21.10


The following destinations stations are available on this journey

Kingswear 13.10 16.35
Paignton 12.30 17.25

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

Scheduled locomotive

Locomotive to be confirmed

The steam locomotive for this trip is still to be confirmed but will most likely be one of the following locomotives from our collection.

A2 Class 60532 ‘Blue Peter’

A4 Class 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’

B1 Class 61306 ‘Mayflower’

Royal Scot Class 46100 ‘Royal Scot’

Black Five Class 45231 ‘Sherwood Forester’

Britannia Class 70000 ‘Britannia’

West Country Class 34046 ‘Braunton’

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.