The spire of Chichester Cathedral soars over the Sussex plain and can be seen for miles around. From here you can also choose to visit famous Goodwood for the Revival or Arundel Castle.
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.