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Victoria to Winchester & Southampton

Victoria to Winchester & Southampton


Destinations   Winchester    Southampton



Southampton

An ancient port city on the south coast, Southampton has been a settlement since Roman and Saxon times.The award winning parks make it the greenest city in Southern England and Southampton Common has over 300 acres of flora and fauna for you to enjoy.



Fares

Fares from
Pullman Style Dining £249
Premier Dining £199
Premium Standard £99


Trip Specific Information


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 Hampshire along the South West Main Line. Sit back and relax in the jovial atmosphere, whilst being looked after by our attentive staff. All passengers will receive a souvenir booklet with a map and details of the route to add interest to your journey.

If you decide to depart at Winchester, you can choose to either explore the city at your leisure or join an optional excursion to Hinton Ampner. The delights of Winchester will soon become obvious to any visitor with its exquisite architecture, from the handsome Elizabethan and Regency buildings in the narrow streets to the wondrous cathedral at its core. Its river valley location means there are charming waterside trails to explore.

You also have the option to continue on following the River Itchen to Southampton. Alight here for connections to the Isle of Wight for East Cowes beach and Osborne House, or stay in the city to visit the SeaCity Museum, with an interactive model of the Titanic, the Southampton City Art Gallery or the Solent Sky Museum which features vintage aircraft like the iconic Spitfire.

After a wonderful break we meet at the station and will welcome you back on board for our homeward journey.

DINING ON BOARD

Dining passengers will be served a breakfast or brunch on the outward journey and a three course evening meal on the return journey.


Locomotive



Built for the London & North Eastern Railway, 61306 is one of two surviving B1 Class locomotives.

The B1's were designed as mixed traffic locomotives capable of hauling express passenger trains as well as freight traffic. As powerful, go anywhere engines, the B1's worked across most of the UK rail network from East Anglia to Scotland.

Mayflower was built in 1948 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow but was delivered post-nationalisation and acquired the number 61306 by British Railways. She was first allocated to Hull Botanic Gardens Depot followed by a spell at Hull Dairycotes Depot before being finally transferred to Low Moor Depot, Bradford. She was the last B1 in service, her final trip was hauling the 'Yorkshire Pullman' from Leeds in September 1967.

Mayflower was immediately purchased for preservation and was initially based at Steamtown in Carnforth. She was fully restored for mainline operation and was given the name 'Mayflower' in 1970 by the then owner to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the sailing of the original Mayflower from Plymouth. She worked a number of railtours in the 1970's.

Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul. Resplendent in the early British Railways apple green livery as she was originally given when delivered in 1948 she returned to full mainline operation in early 2019.

Mayflower has two cylinders, 6 driving wheels, a firebox grate area of 30 square feet and can operate at 75mph.

Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the trips listed, it cannot be guaranteed.


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

Estimated Timings Outward Return
London Victoria 0845 2210
Staines 0930 2120
Winchester 1115 1905
Southampton 1200 1825


Trip:

Victoria to Winchester & Southampton

Departs:

Thursday 14th July 2022

From:

London Victoria , Staines

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