This cosmopolitan town is home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe, the remains of the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror, a preserved Old Town and a strong local arts community.
This trip will be diesel hauled between Eastbourne and Hastings.
Passengers travelling to Eastbourne will be transferred to Hastings to meet the train for the return journey.
Optional Excursions are available from Hastings to Bodiam Castle and The Kent & East Sussex Railway. For more details and prices for each excursion please see the optional extras page when booking.
Fares for this tour start from £109 in Premium Standard, £159 in First Class, £209 in Premier Dining and £269 in Pullman Style Dining.
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.