An ancient port city on the south coast, Southampton has been a settlement since Roman and Saxon times.The award winning parks make it the greenest city in Southern England and Southampton Common has over 300 acres of flora and fauna for you to enjoy.
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Our journey begins at London's Victoria Station as your steward welcomes you aboard. Soon after, we cross Grosvenor Bridge over the River Thames, pass the now decommissioned Battersea Power Station and chug out through the suburbs towards the rolling hills of Hampshire along the South West Main Line. Sit back and relax in the jovial atmosphere, whilst being looked after by our attentive staff. All passengers will receive a souvenir booklet with a map and details of the route to add interest to your journey.
If you decide to depart at Winchester, you can choose to either explore the city at your leisure or join an optional excursion to Hinton Ampner. The delights of Winchester will soon become obvious to any visitor with its exquisite architecture, from the handsome Elizabethan and Regency buildings in the narrow streets to the wondrous cathedral at its core. Its river valley location means there are charming waterside trails to explore.
You also have the option to continue on following the River Itchen to Southampton. Alight here for connections to the Isle of Wight for East Cowes beach and Osborne House, or stay in the city to visit the SeaCity Museum, with an interactive model of the Titanic, the Southampton City Art Gallery or the Solent Sky Museum which features vintage aircraft like the iconic Spitfire.
After a wonderful break we meet at the station and will welcome you back on board for our homeward journey.
Dining passengers will be served a breakfast or brunch on the outward journey and a three course evening meal on the return journey.
Stanier Class no. 45231 Sherwood Forester was built in 1936 for the London, Midland & Scottish Railway.
Since then it has worked all over the country, from routes in Wales and Northern England in its working life, to heritage railways in Southern England to the beautiful Mallaig line in Scotland, where Harry Potter was filmed.
Photo credit: Andy Parkinson
Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the steam hauled sections of the trip listed, it cannot be guaranteed and may be substituted for a different engine.