The City of Dreaming Spires is a must-see destination with its world-famous universities and musuems. Add to this the beautiful River Thames winding through the city and lovely parks & gardens and the main problem will be deciding how to spend your time.
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Our journey begins under the overall roof of the Great Western Railway's London terminus, Paddington station, opened in 1854 and designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Our stewards will welcome you on board before we begin our journey through the suburbs and along the Thames Valley.
Sit back and relax in the jovial atmosphere, enjoying distant views of the Chiltern Hills 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 Oxford the time is yours to explore the city at your leisure. As might be expected, Oxford offers much to the visitor with excellent shopping and sightseeing opportunities. After a wonderful break we meet at Oxford station and will welcome you back on board for our homeward journey.
Dining passengers will be served breakfast and a 2 course evening meal.
60103 Flying Scotsman has been described as the most famous steam locomotive in the world.
Built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works to a design of H.N. Gresley, it was employed on long-distance express trains on the LNER and its successors, British Railways Eastern and North-Eastern Regions, notably on the London to Edinburgh Flying Scotsman train service after which it was named.
The locomotive set two world records for steam traction, becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour on 30 November 1934, and then setting a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it ran 422 miles on 8 August 1989 while in Australia.
Retired from regular service in 1963 after covering 2,076,000 miles, Flying Scotsman gained considerable fame in preservation under the ownership of Alan Pegler, William McAlpine, Tony Marchington and finally the National Railway Museum (NRM). As well as hauling enthusiast specials in the United Kingdom, the locomotive toured extensively in the United States and Canada (from 1969 to 1973) and Australia (from 1988 to 1989).
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.