Launched in 1999, Steam Dreams was the brainchild of steam train enthusiast Marcus Robertson whose mother wrote the world acclaimed children's stories, The Wombles. As a child Marcus loved the magic of steam travel and the excitement it conjured up as the engine with all its power and glory passed along the British countryside. In the mid 1990's whilst taking his own children on steam trips he realised there were a lot of people like him looking to re-live the nostalgia of steam travel.
In 2000 the first Cathedrals Express train left London for Canterbury. It was an immediate success and the dream was born! Since then things have gone from strength to strength and we now welcome over 19,000 passengers on board each year on over 50 trips and stop at 100 stations across the UK.
All day trip destinations are carefully selected for their cultural and historic appeal. They include some of the UK's finest cathedral cities, most stunning coastal resorts as well as the country's best shopping havens. Each journey is meticulously planned, not only to take in beautiful countryside but also to present the most challenging routes for the many different locomotives. These elements, combined with exceptional on-board menus, ensure that passengers can enjoy the very best of luxury steam travel.
In addition to our extremely popular day trips Steam Dreams also offers a number of UK Holidays by steam including The Highlands and Islands with Flying Scotsman, Angel of the North and the Emerald Isle Craic Express. In 2020 we will be embarking on the most adventurous steam hauled trip of modern times as we head to the Great Lakes in the USA.
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In 2015 we were short-listed for Best Rail Holiday Provider in the inaugural Silver Travel Awards and were awarded our first TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. Since then, we have received one every year.
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The Cathedrals Express was the first rail charter to be carbon neutral and we are proud of our commitment to counteract the damage caused to the environment by our trains. Find out more here.
We are always looking into new destinations and trying to source different locomotives, while still keeping the essential friendly and personal touches that make Steam Dreams so special.