The Dorset Coast Express
Wednesdays 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th July, all in August, 3rd, 10th September 2014
We are offering a number of lovely summer day trips from London to Weymouth and back by steam train, providing plenty of opportunity to visit the beautiful Dorset coast. Each train will be hauled by a steam locomotive that was built for express passenger train work. An added attraction, on leaving Weymouth, will be the steam locomotive at the rear of the train to ‘bank’ it on the steep climb of Upwey Bank as far as Dorchester South.
Our train leaves London Victoria Station at around 08:45 and travels westwards, crossing the Thames at Barnes Bridge, through Kew and Feltham. We stop at Staines and Woking to pick up further passengers. At Winchfield, we stop for our steam locomotive to take on water before continuing to our final pick up point at Basingstoke. We leave the South Western Main Line at Worting Junction and take the Bournemouth Line, heading south through Winchester and Southampton.
We stop at Bournemouth to set down those passengers wishing to visit this coastal resort. After leaving Bournemouth, there are spectacular views of Poole Harbour. We continue to Wareham and Dorchester travelling through classic Dorset countryside and delightful scenery. We arrive at Weymouth at around 13:45 and have over three hours there to discover much of what this seaside town has to offer. The railway station is close to the beach and shops.
We return from Weymouth at around 16:35 and our train will be hauled by one steam locomotive and ‘banked’ at the rear by another. We climb Upwey Bank which is a very steep climb and our steam locomotives will be working flat out. We stop at Dorchester South to detach our ‘banker’. We stop at Bournemouth to collect those passengers who left the train there on the outward journey. Our next stop is at Basingstoke, where we set down passengers and our steam locomotive takes on water.
We expect a fast run along the main line from Basingstoke to Woking, where we stop to set down passengers, and on to our final destination at London Waterloo.
#Returns to London Waterloo Station.
*Passengers for Staines change at Waterloo on the return journey.
The steam locomotives to be used on this day trip come from the following pool:
No. 34046 “Braunton” West Country class ‘Pacific’4-6-2, built at Brighton Works in 1946 for Southern Railway (SR) and rebuilt in 1959, for use on express passenger trains. No. 34067 “Tangmere” unrebuilt ‘Battle of Britain’ class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Brighton in 1947 by the Southern Railway, for use on express passenger trains. No. 70000 “Britannia” ‘Britannia’ class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways ‘standard’ design, the first ‘standard’ to be built, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.
Approximate timings shown
Premier Dining includes full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches.
Standard Class includes a reserved seat at a table for four.
A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability)http://www.railwaytouring.co.uk/bookings/BookingForm_UK.aspx?Action=New
The Railway Touring Company
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