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  • Haywards Heath /
  • Three Bridges /
  • Redhill /
  • Purley

A rare and exciting opportunity to travel in opulent surroundings from the rolling hills of Sussex and the North Downs to the dreaming spires of Oxford.

We set out, diesel hauled, from Haywards Heath and make our way through Sussex towards the capital. We are joined by our steam locomotive in West London and make our way along the Chiltern Main Line to enchanting Oxford. With its honey-coloured colleges arrayed in splendour beside the river, the university town of Oxford is a an alluring blend of medieval learning and modern charm. Follow in the footsteps of kings, prime ministers and Nobel laureates as you explore Oxford’s ancient cobbled streets and iconic architecture.



The City of Dreaming Spires is a must-see destination with its world-famous universities and museums.

It is possible to visit most of the University Colleges, Museums and Galleries and there are also two-hour walking tours of the city which include visits to college and university sites. The Bodleian Library (which claims to house every book published in the UK), part of Britain’s oldest museum – the Ashmolean. Add to this a bustling shopping centre, the beautiful River Thames winding through the city and lovely parks and gardens and the main problem will be deciding how to spend your time in Oxford!


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

Haywards Heath 09.04 21.29
Three Bridges 09.17 21.16
Redhill 09.35 21.01
Purley 09.46 20.48


The following destinations stations are available on this journey

Oxford 13.06 17.45

Scheduled locomotive

Royal Scot


Royal Scot was built in 1927 for the fastest trains on the London Midland & Scottish Railway.

46100 Royal Scot was the first in a new breed of steam locomotives, built by the LMS for their fastest passenger services from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

She was chosen to appear on behalf of Britain at the 1933 ‘Century of Progress’ exhibition in Chicago, USA. The locomotive as well as a full rake of carriages were shipped to the United States and appeared not only at the exhibition, but also toured the USA and Canada, even crossing the Rocky Mountains!

Royal Scot was rebuilt by British Railways in 1950 and went on to serve another 12 years in traffic on the West Coast Main Line.

Royal Scot briefly returned to steam at Bressingham Steam Museum from 1972 to 1978 before spending almost the next 30 years as a static exhibit. She briefly steamed in 2009 before it was discovered that a major overhaul was required.

Royal Scot returned to steam at the Severn Valley Railway in September 2015. She made her successful main line debut on December 22 and 23 of the same year with test runs from Crewe to Carnforth and return.

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.