This special not to be missed steam hauled tour commences at London’s Victoria terminus and we aim to recreate some of the magic experienced by luxury travel on the famous Bournemouth Belle.
We will be steam hauled by locomotive No.35018 British India Line 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 although interupted by the war years, the Belle returned in 1946 and was hauled by the Merchant Navy Pacifics, running on a two hour schedule. The service lasted until the introduction of the electric services in 1967 along this route.
Our journey to Bournemouth commences from London Victoria. We thread our way through Clapham Junction and head towards 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 pasengers with an afternoon break in this popular Dorset seaside resort, made fasionable 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 restuarants to cater for all tastes.
Our steam locomotive will continue to Weymouth to be serviced whilst we have time in Bournemouth before we return to London Victoria by way of our outward route. We will be diesel hauled between Weymouth and Southampton on the return with our steam locomotive at the back ready to haul us from Southampton to London. We can expect some fast running as we head towards the Capital with the Bournemouth Belle, thus ending a memorable day out.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a muffin, afternoon tea and coffee with a cake and a biscuit.
Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four.
Tables for two can be guaranteed in Premier Dining and First Class for a supplement of £25 per person (subject to availability).
A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.
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