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Ashford & Kent to Carols in Alresford & Winchester Christmas Market

Ashford & Kent to Carols in Alresford & Winchester Christmas Market

Destinations   Alton    The Watercress Line

The Watercress Line

A 10-mile long heritage line in the heart of Hampshire, in the pretty market town of Alresford. The Mid Hants Railway is known affectionately as the "Watercress Line" due to their connection with transporting watercress to London.

Trip Specific Information

This trip will be steam hauled on the outward journey and diesel hauled on the return.

Passengers wishing to visit Winchester may pre-book an optional coach trip from Alton for £10pp, on the return journey you will rejoin the train at Alresford. Please see the optional extras tab to add this option to your booking.

Experience a magical carol service at St John's Church in Alresford, organised by Steam Dreams to fit in with the trip.

Fares for this tour start from £109 in Premium Standard, £159 for First Class, £209 for Premier Dining and £269 for Pullman Style Dining.

To see a description of the classes of travel, click here


Black Fives were known as ?do-anything and go-anywhere? locomotives

18 Black Fives survived into preservation with several examples still working on the mainline railway. Members of the class that have feature on previous tours with The Steam Dreams Rail Co. include 45212, 44871, 45407, 45305 & 44932.

The first class 5 locomotive was built for the London, Midland & Scottish Railway in 1934 to the design of Sir William Stanier. The new locomotives when built left the railway works in the standard mixed traffic black livery which soon earned them the nickname "Black Fives" for which they are still affectionately referred to today. The locomotives were capable of handling both express passenger and freight trains and were spread far and wide across the UK railway system. By the time the last Black Five was built in 1951, the class numbered 842 locomotives; one of the most numerous classes of British steam locomotives ever built.

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.

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The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion

Estimated Timings Outward Return
Ashford (Kent) 0815 2258
Charing 0845 2247
Maidstone East 0906 2227
Borough Green & Wrotham 0938 2214
Bromley South 1026 2145
Kensington Olympia 1132 2059
Alton 1402 1843
The Watercress Line 1530 1750


Ashford & Kent to Carols in Alresford & Winchester Christmas Market


Friday 14th December 2018


Ashford International (Kent) , Charing , Maidstone East , Borough Green & Wrotham , Bromley South , Kensington Olympia

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