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DEPARTS:

  • Windsor & Eton Riverside /
  • Datchet /
  • Staines /
  • Kew Bridge /
  • Clapham Junction

A rare and exciting day out offering residents of Berkshire and London the chance to traverse England by steam, travelling past the country’s rich tapestry of intertwined rivers and lakes, to visit the glorious Cathedral City of Norwich.

Our journey begins steam-hauled at the Grade II listed Windsor & Eton Riverside station, designed for the London & South Western Railway (LSWR) as a royal station. Passengers can sit back and relax as we meander through Berkshire and skirt London, picking up more passengers along the way to join our adventure. We continue towards East Anglia, through the delightful Waveney Valley area of South Norfolk, passing the Broads National Park on our way to Norwich. After a wonderful break we meet back at the arrival station and will welcome you back on board for our homeward journey.

Destinations

Norwich

Continue your journey back in time with a walk around Norwich’s Cathedral Quarter; a series of meandering alleys sprinkled with crooked half-timbered buildings. Among the architectural jewels are a magnificent cathedral, with a 315 foot spire and the largest Cathedral Close in England, and the impressive Norman castle. In the heart of the city, a bustling market, one of the oldest and largest outdoor markets in the country, offers colourful stalls and incredible smells for everyone from the foodie to the fashionista.

Optional Excursions

Bressingham Steam & Gardens

£24.00 per person

Transfer from Diss Railway Station by road coach to Bressingham Steam & Gardens, where five landscaped gardens and 4 miles of narrow gauge railways await you, as well as a Dad’s Army exhibition.

This option includes the Bressingham Steam Experience, Dad’s Army Exhibition, The Bressingham Gardens, unlimited Narrow Gauge Railway rides and a ride on the Victorian carousel, Gallopers Roundabout.

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.

TRAVEL TIMINGS*

Boarding Stations

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

STATIONDEPARTSRETURNS
Windsor & Eton Riverside 08.00 22.00
Datchet 08.05 21.50
Staines 08.20 21.40
Kew Bridge 08.45 21.15
Clapham Junction 09.00 21.00

Destinations

The following destinations stations are available on this journey

STATIONARRIVESDEPARTS
Ipswich 12.20 18.30
Diss 12.50 17.30
Norwich 13.20 17.05

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

Scheduled locomotive


Britannia

70000

70000 Britannia is a British Railways Standard class 7 engine, alternatively known as the Britannia class, and the first of 55 to be built by British Railways in Crewe.

Completed in January 1951 she was built for express passenger services between London and Norwich.

The BR Standard classes were designed by drawing on the best qualities from several previous locomotives to create an efficient engine that was produced with lower maintenance costs and weight saving measures to enable it to work across a wider geography.

Britannia has 2 cylinders, 6 driving wheels and a firebox of 42ft2 with most of the motion situated on the outside of the frames for ease of maintenance. Whilst limited to 75mph the locomotive is capable of reaching speeds up to 100mph.

For many years Britannia’s cab roof was painted white to commemorate her pulling the funeral train of King George VI from Sandringham to London in 1952. After 15 years of service in May 1966 Britannia was retired and after spells at preserved railways returned to the national network between 1991 and 1997 until major repairs were required and the locomotive was withdrawn for overhaul. In 2010 Britannia was steamed once more and 2011 marked the locomotive’s return to the main line after a 14 year absence.
In one of her most important roles, Britannia hauled The Royal Train from Preston to Wakefield in January 2012.

 

 

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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