The Dorset Coast Express

Wednesday 16th August 2017


Prices from: £99


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


Departure Date: 16-Aug-2017
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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 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 steam hauled at around 16:35 and our train will be ‘banked’ at the rear by a diesel locomotive to assist with the steep climb ahead. Our steam locomotive will be working flat out as we climb Upwey Bank soon after leaving Weymouth. We return through the Dorset countryside to Bournemouth where we stop to collect those passengers who left the train there on the outward journey. We continue through Southampton and 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.

One of the following steam locomotives will be used on this day trip:

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.
No. 35018 British India Line, rebuilt Merchant Navy class Pacific 4-6-2, built at Eastleigh in 1945, rebuilt in 1956, and used on express passenger trains.
No 61306 Mayflower, an ex LNER B1 class 4-6-0 steam locomotive.

*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 £249 £175 £760
First £159 £112 £486
Standard £99 £76 £312

Premier Dining includes a 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 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)

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