Our special train will be steam hauled out of London Victoria by West Country class steam locomotive No. 34046 Braunton, recreating the great days of expresses from the Capital to the south coast resorts.
We shall be visiting Bognor Regis, a popular seaside resort in west Sussex, frequented by the Victorians. We will also be visiting the Littlehampton branch, rarely travelled by a steam hauled train.
Our outward route to Bognor Regis will cross the Thames and thread its way through the south London suburbs to East Croydon. Heading southwards down the Southern Region main line to Brighton, the route of the famous Brighton Belle, we travel through Redhill.
We leave Surrey and enter Sussex to call at Three Bridges. As we head towards the coastline at Brighton, our steam locomotive should be able to run at its maximum speed before we turn off the main Brighton line to head westwards along the West Coastway line, passing through Lancing and Worthing. We reach the junction for the Bognor branch at Barnham and travel to the terminus at Bognor Regis. Bognor Regis is famous for historic royal visits and its Billy Butlin complex, and is a popular traditional seaside holiday resort in the centre of the south coast of England.
Following a break in Bognor, we retrace our earlier steps back through Barnham to Ford, where we take the Littlehampton branch, again steam hauled trains along this line are extremely rare. Littlehampton is home to superb sandy beaches, a bustling marina and harbour and stunning contemporary architecture. We will reverse here and go back to Arundel Junction, where we will now take the The Arun Valley Line, also known as the Mid Sussex Line, as far as Horsham. This scenic route traverses West Sussex through the chalk hills of the South Downs, drained by the River Arun.
At Horsham, we leave the line to Three Bridges and take the attractive Sutton and Mole Valley Lines through to Dorking and Leatherhead, a busy commuter line serving south London. Running via Wimbledon, we now return to London Victoria late afternoon, where our tour will terminate, after a splendid nostalgic day out to the south coast resorts of Bognor and Littlehampton.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course lunch silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with a savoury dish followed by a selection of fancies and cakes.
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)
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