A beautiful historic city, with the oldest Cathedral in England. Canterbury's history is also evident in its Roman Walls and medieval gatehouses. Its most iconic gatehouse, West Gate, is a popular attraction, with gardens and its own museum.
|Pullman Style Dining||£299|
Our journey begins at London's Victoria Station as your steward welcomes you aboard. Soon after, we cross Grosvenor Bridge over the River Thames, pass the now decommissioned Battersea Power Station and chug out through the suburbs towards the rolling hills of Kent. Sit back and relax in the jovial atmosphere, enjoying views of oast houses 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 Canterbury the time is yours to explore the city at your leisure. The delights of Canterbury will soon become obvious to any visitor but it is of course most famous for its cathedral. After a wonderful break we meet at the 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.