A beautiful historic city, with the oldest Cathedral in England. Canterbury's history is also evident in its Roman Walls and medieval gatehouses. Its most iconic gatehouse, West Gate, is a popular attraction, with gardens and its own museum.
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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 Kent. Sit back and relax in the jovial atmosphere, enjoying views of oast houses from your window. All passengers will receive a souvenir booklet with a map and details of the route to add interest to your journey.
Upon arrival at Canterbury the time is yours to explore the city at your leisure. The delights of Canterbury will soon become obvious to any visitor but it is of course most famous for its cathedral. 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 on the outward journey and an evening meal on the return journey.
34046 Braunton is a 'Bulleid Light Pacific' express passenger engine designed by Oliver Bulleid.
The locomotives were so named after towns on or near the Southern Railway system in the west of England, with the town of Braunton situated in North Devon.
In the post war years of skills shortages and declining maintenance standards, British Railways embarked on a rebuilding programme of the ?Light Pacifics? in an attempt to improve reliability. In 1959 the air-smoothed casing and the internal chain drive were removed. By 1965 after accumulating 779,210 miles in service, Braunton was retired from service and sold to Barry Scrapyard. By 1988 the locomotive had moved from Barry but serious restoration did not begin until 1996 and was completed by 2008.
Over the winter of 2011 the locomotive was fitted with all the modern equipment to allow it to be used on the mainline railway network. Although restricted to 75mph, Braunton is capable of speeds in excess of 100mph.
Braunton is currently operating under the guise of 34052 Lord Dowding. It was renamed to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
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.