The spire of Chichester Cathedral soars over the Sussex plain and can be seen for miles around. Depending when you choose to visit, there may be optional excursions to Goodwood for the Revival, Arundel Castle or a magical Carol Service.
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This wonderful trip takes us along the Thames Valley to Reading, where we head south through Hampshire. We pass the historic city of Winchester and follow the River Itchen to Eastleigh before heading along the south coast with views of the Solent on our way to Chichester.
Once we reach Chichester, passengers have the option to explore the city at their leisure or join one of two optional excursions:
There are nearly 1,000 years of history at this great castle, situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex. Book a ticket for this excursion for full access to the House, Bedrooms, Keep and gardens. As you wander around the Castle at your leisure learn from the friendly guides about the finely preserved interior with its fascinating furniture, tapestries and rare collection of paintings by renowned artists. Stroll through the tranquil grounds where you will discover the inspiring gardens. Passengers will be transfered to and from Arundel Castle from Chichester station by private road coach.
The only historic race meeting to be staged entirely in period dress, the Revival sees a return to the halcyon days of Goodwood as the spiritual home of British motor racing. It's a celebration of bygone days, vintage fashion and wheel-to-wheel racing around this classic circuit, which remains unchanged since its heyday.
Chose from an entry-only ticket or a roving grandstand ticket.
Please note this trip will be diesel hauled (with our steam locomotive at the rear of the train) between Chichester and Fratton 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.