Magical steam train experiences
The Steam Dreams Rail. Co, the provider of unique and magical steam train journeys, announces its schedule of remarkable day trips across the UK for 2023.
Starting on Thursday, 16th March with London Victoria to Bath, the programme includes 14 different day trips running until Wednesday, 27th September 2023, with eight of these trips running on weekends. The timetable includes a variety of steam-hauled departures, all in vintage carriages, to some of the UK's most beloved towns and cities; Cardiff, Carlisle, York, Weymouth, Chesterfield, Oxford, Portsmouth and Winchester to name a few. A special one-off outing to Chichester for the iconic Goodwood Revival is also now available to book, as well as excursions to Chatsworth House and the Isle of Wight.
The day trips hauled by historic locomotives will depart from four London stations (London Victoria, London Euston, London Waterloo and London Paddington) as well as from Colchester and Shoeburyness stations in Essex. Classic steam locomotives which will be hauling these trips from the Steam Dreams collection include Sir Nigel Gresley, Mayflower 61306, 70000 Britannia, 45231 Sherwood Forester, 46100 Royal Scot and Braunton with some additional guest appearances still to be confirmed.
Visitors can choose from three classes of travel: Pullman Style Dining, First Class and Premium Standard.
In Pullman Style Dining, elegant wood-panelled carriages from the 1950s and 1960s have been flawlessly restored and updated with modern features alongside a distinctive cream livery. The highest level of service and comfort creates an unforgettable experience reminiscent of a bygone era, enhanced by original windows and armchair style seating at tables of four or two, laid with crisp linen and embellished with fine crockery, fresh flowers, and glassware.
Those indulging in Pullman Style Dining will be tantalised by the aromas and heavenly flavours from the new elevated dining experience which presents a bespoke, seasonal three course meal meticulously designed by Executive Chef, Nicholas Allen. The menu abounds with local meat, fish and vegetables from regional and responsibly sourced suppliers linked to the specific journey routing. A glass of Champagne and canapes on arrival are also included, as well as a selection of carefully chosen wines.
In First Class, guests are welcomed onboard a 1950s carriage with a glass of Bucks Fizz, followed by sweet and savoury treats to be enjoyed while taking in spectacular views of the passing countryside, from cushioned armchair style seats.
Those in Premium Standard will be seated in 1960s style carriages with large picture windows, boasting astounding views. Seating is configured in tables of four and complimentary tea and coffee will be available, with a choice of refreshments at hand to purchase from the buffet bar. Guests travelling are welcome to bring their own picnics on-board.
Dining options from £259 per person in Pullman Style Dining. £159 per person in First Class and Premium Standard tickets from £109 per person.
Juliet Soley from The Steam Dreams Rail. Co says: “We have lots of exciting plans for 2023 with new routes, as well as old favourites, a great selection of locomotives in the stable and to top it all off, a newly elevated dining menu”.
Soley added: 'Our trips are designed with passenger comfort and enjoyment at the forefront whilst combining steam travel in luxurious vintage carriages that exude opulence, enriching the experience for all our guests.”
The Steam Dreams Rail Co., was the first rail charter to be carbon neutral. For the last ten years the company has offset annually the carbon footprint of all aspects of its operation.
Steam Dreams journeys are pulled by a range of locomotives:
● Sir Nigel Gresley
● Mayflower 61306
● 70000 Britannia
● 45231 Sherwood Forester
● 46100 Royal Scot
● RPSI Locomotives
See the full schedule of 2023 day trips here:
Thu 16th March London Victoria to Bath Spa
Sat 25th March London Euston to Carlisle via Settle & Carlisle
Sat 22nd April London Victoria to Winchester
Wed 26th April London Victoria to Chesterfield
Wed 24th May London Victoria to Bath Spa
Sat 27th May London Victoria to Oxford
Wed 31st May Shoeburyness/Southend to Portsmouth Harbour
Sat 10th June London Victoria to Portsmouth Harbour
Tue 27th June London Victoria to Weymouth
Sat 15th July Colchester to Carlisle via Settle & Carlisle
Sun 10th September London Paddington to Chichester (Goodwood Revival)
Sat 16th September London Paddington to Cardi- Central
Sat 23rd September Shoeburyness/Southend to York
Wed 27th September London Victoria to Bath Spa