Our special train will be steam hauled out of Three Bridges, recreating the great days of expresses to the many south coast towns.
Our route will combine coastal scenery with pleasant inland countryside, culminating in our destination of Oxford, with its many historic and interesting buildings. Our steam locomotive will have many opportunities to turn in some exhilarating speeds as we travel over main lines and rural routes.
We leave Three Bridges behind our steam locomotive for the day and head southwards down the Brighton Line. At Haywards Heath, we pause to pick up further passengers before 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 at Preston Park, where we make a call to pick up. We stop to pick up passengers at Hove and Worthing as we head westwards along the West Coastway line, passing through Lancing and Worthing, our last pick up station.
We follow the south coast line through Chichester and Fareham, where we take the line via Botley to Eastleigh. Here we head north and climb steadily for over fifteen miles through Winchester, noted for its cathedral dating back to the 7th century. At Basingstoke, we leave the old London & South Western Railway’s lines and join the Great Western route through Bramley to Reading. We avoid Reading and follow the Reading West curve towards Tilehurst. Our route now follows the pleasant Thames Valley through Pangbourne as far as Didcot, were we shall head north through Radley to Oxford, our destination for the afternoon. The city is noted for its many Colleges that number 38 and has been referred to as the “City of Dreaming Spires”. It is also a modern city with excellent shopping and restaurants to satisfy the needs of visitors.
After a break in Oxford we shall return steam hauled to Three Bridges via our outward route, setting down at our morning pick up stations, thereby ending a varied and interesting day behind a main line steam locomotive.
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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