Please note: Steam Dreams is now part of the largest heritage train group in the world – Locomotive Services Group (LSG).
We do apologise but whilst we are working to integrate the two companies, we have been advised that for this trip passengers will be seated in a new more modern set of coaches, LSG’s totally refurbished InterCity 1970’s set. The carriages are light and comfortable, with air-conditioning, wide cushioned seats and original panoramic windows. View images of the carriages here.
The UK's Holiday Island and Dinosaur Capital of Great Britain, the Isle of Wight is the perfect destination at any time of year.
|Pullman Style Dining||£199|
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 Surrey. From here, we join the Brighton Main Line as far as Three Bridges. From Three bridges our route will either cut across Sussex, with wonderful views of the South Downs followed by distant views of Arundel Castle or continue along the Brighton Main Line through the High Weald and over the Ouse Valley Viaduct before heading west along the coastline from Hove. Both routes take us past Chichester before continuing into Hampshire to arrive into Portsmouth.
Upon arrival at Portsmouth the time is yours to explore the city at your leisure. We are offering optional transfers to the Isle of Wight and an excursion to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
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 a breakfast on the outward journey and an evening meal on the return journey.
34046 Braunton is a 'Bulleid Light Pacific' express passenger engine designed by Oliver Bulleid.
The locomotives were so named after towns on or near the Southern Railway system in the west of England, with the town of Braunton situated in North Devon.
In the post war years of skills shortages and declining maintenance standards, British Railways embarked on a rebuilding programme of the ?Light Pacifics? in an attempt to improve reliability. In 1959 the air-smoothed casing and the internal chain drive were removed. By 1965 after accumulating 779,210 miles in service, Braunton was retired from service and sold to Barry Scrapyard. By 1988 the locomotive had moved from Barry but serious restoration did not begin until 1996 and was completed by 2008.
Over the winter of 2011 the locomotive was fitted with all the modern equipment to allow it to be used on the mainline railway network. Although restricted to 75mph, Braunton is capable of speeds in excess of 100mph.
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.
|Isle of Wight||1300||1800|