The Dorset Coast Express

Thursday 9th August 2018

Prices from: £109

We are offering a number of attractive summer day trips from London to Weymouth by steam train.

Departure Date: 09-Aug-2018
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These trains provide plenty of opportunity to visit the beautiful Dorset coast and relive the ‘golden age’ of steam. Passengers have the option of spending time at the celebrated seaside resorts of either Bournemouth or Weymouth, where both have fine sandy beaches. Each train will be hauled by a steam locomotive that was built for express passenger train work.

Our train leaves London Victoria station at around 08:45 steam hauled by 60009 Union of South Africa or a Black 5 no 45305 and travels westwards, crossing the River Thames at Barnes Bridge, through Kew and Feltham. We stop at Staines and Woking to pick up further passengers. At Winchfield, we pause 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, a spa town famous for its parks and pine trees. 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 around 13:45 and have almost 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 diesel hauled at around 16:35 as far as Southampton, from where the steam locomotive will take over for the return journey. We continue through Winchester to Basingstoke, where we stop to set down passengers and for our steam locomotive to take on water. We can 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
**Passengers for Staines travel by service train from London Waterloo on the return journey

Train Fares

Fares Adult Junior Family
Premier £259 £175 £780
First £169 £112 £506
Standard £109 £76 £332

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)

Train Timings

Approximate timings shown

Station Outward Return
London Victoria 08:45 21:15*
Staines 09:35 -----**
Woking 10:05 20:35
Basingstoke 10:55 19:50
Bournemouth 12:50 17:45
Weymouth 13:45 16:35