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The Watercress Line to Carols in Sherborne Abbey

The Watercress Line to Carols in Sherborne Abbey

Destinations   Salisbury    Sherborne    Yeovil Railway Centre

Yeovil Railway Centre

Yeovil Junction houses a collection of railway memorabilia at the Yeovil Railway Centre. The steam locomotives are turned here on the original turntable, serviced and topped up with coal and water for the return trips, which is fascinating to watch.

Trip Specific Information

This trip will be diesel hauled between Salisbury and Alresford on the return journey.

Premier Dining or Pullman Style Dining passengers joining at Salisbury will receive a two course meal on the return journey.

Enjoy a specially organised carol service in the famous Sherborne Abbey, thought of by many as the finest building in Dorset, with its glorious fan vaulting.

Proudly returning to the historic Guildhall Square for its 7th consecutive year, the Salisbury Christmas Market will see the return of many award-winning exhibitors and products.

Fares for this tour start from £119 in Premium Standard, £169 for First Class, £219 for Premier Dining and £279 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
The Watercress Line 0730 0040
Alton 0004 0822
Bentley (Hampshire) - -
Farnham 0843 2334
Aldershot 0853 2324
Guildford 0919 2241
Petersfield 1015 2200
Salisbury 1253 1852
Sherborne 1414 1751
Yeovil Railway Centre 1429 1739


The Watercress Line to Carols in Sherborne Abbey


Monday 17th December 2018


Alresford , Alton , Farnham , Aldershot , Guildford , Petersfield , Salisbury

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