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Full steam ahead out of London

It used to be like this… full steam ahead out of London.

And this flying Scotsman is on board in always promoting the romantic pleasure of a locomotive.

On this occasion steaming out of the Big Smoke into the rolling Surrey hills (think horse racing and the Epsom Derby).

Pottering around: The Scary One at Hogwarts Express in Watford

Another loco adventure to add to those we’ve been on… the Scary One likes to get steamin’… she takes after her Dad, ‘Casey Jones’.

Steamin’ Bajan: In Barbados

And we’ve chugged along in Scotland Ireland, Yorkshire, Wales…

And I’ve rattled along Wild West style in the Rockies and even been at the coalface in Barbados.

Steam dreams

Steamwork: Eager faces at the loco

The Steam Dreams Rail. Co has just unveiled its Sunset Steam Express summer schedule.

With each tour departing for the Surrey Hills, think the Epsom Derby. 

Departing on Tuesdays from 22nd June through 29th August, the Sunset Steam Express will leave Victoria Station, London, at 18:15 for a three-and-a-half-hour circular trip, returning at 21.45. 

Guests will be steam hauled by the Mayflower 61306 or 70000 Britannia.

Passing Guildford before descending the Vale of Holmesdale.

And making its way back to Victoria via the market towns of Dorking and Reigate.

Visitors can choose to travel in one of three classes of travel: Pullman Style Dining, First Class and Premium Standard.

The pull of the pullman

Seat of power: A Wild West loco

Pullman Style Dining offers the epitome of vintage steam travel offering the highest level of service and comfort reminiscent of a bygone era.

And I got a sneak preview of such old-fashioned travel out there in the Wild West.

With Steam Dreams Rail Co. telling us it’s enhanced by original windows and elegant armchair seating.

Llaid with crisp linen and embellished with fine crockery, fresh flowers, and glassware. 

You’ll be welcomed with a glass of Champagne and sit down to a seasonal three-course menu meticulously designed by executive chef, Nicholas Allen.

Stay classy

Holy smoke: At full throttle

First Class, offers a lighter option while seated in the same luxurious carriages.

Guests will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine.

Followed by a savoury snack box to be enjoyed while taking in views from cushioned armchair style seats.

At a premium

Premium Standard seating is configured in tables of four with large picture windows.

Complimentary tea and coffee will be available.

There is a choice of refreshments at hand to purchase from the buffet bar and guests are welcome to bring their own picnics on-board.

Fare play

“Casey Jones’: You can play the part

Dining options from £155 per person in Pullman Style Dining, £119 per person in First Class and Premium Standard tickets from £69 per person.

All the more reason to be full steam ahead out of London.


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