This special not to be missed steam hauled tour commences at London’s Waterloo terminus and we aim to recreate some of the magic experienced by luxury travel on the famous Bournemouth Belle.
We will be using Pullman style carriages for our journey to the popular seaside resort of Bournemouth, hauled by a former Southern Region express steam locomotive.
The Bournemouth Belle was introduced by the Southern Railway in 1931 and featured Pullman cars on its non-stop service. Interrupted by the war years, the Belle returned in 1946 and was hauled by the Merchant Navy Pacifics, running on a 2 hour schedule, often formed of 12 Pullman cars. The service lasted until the introduction of the electric services in 1967 along this route.
Our journey to Bournemouth commences from the former London & South Western Railway’s terminus at London Waterloo. We thread our way through Clapham Junction and head along the L&SWR main line towards Weybridge and Woking. We will pause for water at Winchfield before heading through Basingstoke to Worting Junction, were we will take the line to Southampton and Bournemouth.
The long straight sections of line will allow our locomotive to run at maximum speed through Winchester and Eastleigh. We pass through Southampton and run through the New Forest at Brokenhurst and reach the south coast at Christchurch. Our arrival in Bournemouth will now provide passengers with an afternoon break in this popular Dorset seaside resort, made fashionable by the Victorians and the arrival of the railway in 1870. The town has a number of attractions to entertain visitors, including its extensive seafront with its Chimes, pier, parks and the pavillion, oceanarium, museums and galleries, plus many shops and restaurants to cater for all tastes.
Our steam locomotive will be serviced whilst we have time in Bournemouth before we return to London Waterloo by way of our outward route. We can expect some fast running as we head towards the Capital with the Bournemouth Belle, thus ending a memorable day out with our special Pullman train.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a variety of tulip muffins and afternoon tea with a savoury of the day followed by a selection of cakes and fancies.
Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually 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 £25 per person. (subject to availability)
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