This not to be missed tour commences at London’s Waterloo terminus from where we will be steam hauled throughout down to Bournemouth.
This not to be missed tour commences at London’s Waterloo terminus from where we will be steam hauled throughout down to Bournemouth, following the route of the old Bournemouth Belle. Our locomotive will be Ex Southern Region ‘Merchant Navy’ Class Pacific locomotive No.35018 British India Line, for our journey to the popular seaside resort.
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 main line to Southampton and Bournemouth.
The long straight sections of line will allow our locomotive to run at its maximum speed through Winchester and Eastleigh, recreating the days of the fast expresses to the south coast resorts. 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 free 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 Express, thus ending a memorable day out from a former era with our special train over classic Southern Railway routes.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning tea or coffee with a bacon/breakfast roll, a Danish pastry and an afternoon service of tea or coffee with a savoury of the day followed by a scone with butter and jam.
Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four.
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