Win a trip on a steam train - be transported back to the golden age of travel this summer
PUBLISHED: 16:06 21 June 2012 | UPDATED: 13:48 26 February 2013
With the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics this summer, now is the time to celebrate all things English "“ and what better way to do just that than with a traditional trip on board a steam train?
With the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics this summer, now is the time to celebrate all things English and what better way to do just that than with a traditional trip on board a steam train?
Well, here is your chance to do just that, because Surrey Life has teamed up with heritage rail operator The Railway Touring Company to give away tickets for their seaside steam rail service running from Surrey to the beautiful coast of Dorset.
Hauled by magnificent, historic steam locomotives, the Dorset Coast Express will depart from London Victoria, Staines and Woking, starting on Thursday July 5 and running to the coast weekly throughout July, August and September.
Four giants of the steam era the 1925-built locomotive 30777 Sir Lamiel; the 1937-built 60019 Bittern (sister locomotive to the record-breaking Mallard); the 1947-built Tangmere; and relative youngster, the 1951-built 70000 Britannia will haul the Dorset Coast Express on different dates.
These head-turning steam locomotives will be teamed up with restored 1950s and 60s rail carriages to create a nostalgic experience for passengers a trip reminiscent of the golden days of steam rail travel.
Along the way, the train stops at Bournemouth, for those who would like to spend the afternoon in this popular resort, then continues onwards through the scenic Dorset countryside for Weymouth, a traditional seaside town, where passengers will have around three hours to soak up the seaside atmosphere before steaming for home.
Despite being over 40 years since British Railways ran its final steam passenger service, people are still in love with steam, says The Railway Touring Companys managing director Nigel Dobbing.
The thrill of travelling by steam never wanes, he says. Older passengers may well remember the days of the seaside steam excursions of the 50s and youngsters are fascinated by steam having watched the Harry Potter films.
On board, morning coffee with a Danish pastry will be served to first class passengers and, on the return, a traditional afternoon tea with a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, jam and cream (109 per person or 284 for a family of four).
Travellers who choose the standard 69 per person fare (180 for a family) are welcome to bring along their own hampers, though a buffet car will be serving snacks and light refreshments.
Premier dining is also an option. At 179 per person or 492 for a family, premier dining will be a special treat, including a full English breakfast and, later, a four-course dinner freshly prepared by on board chefs and silver served to you at your seat.
- For more information on trips offered by The Railway Touring Company, call 01553 661500 or see their website at www.railwaytouring.co.uk.
In conjunction with The Railway Touring Company, Surrey Life is giving away the following prize tickets for The Dorset Coast Express on August 28, 2012:
1st prize a family premier dining ticket worth 492
2nd prizes two family first class tickets each worth 284
3rd prize a pair of first class tickets worth 218
For your chance to win, simply log-in and answer the question that appears below...
The closing date for entries is July 31.
Terms & conditions:
The Railway Touring Companys conditions of booking and travel apply.
A family ticket is for two adults and two juniors aged 15 and under.
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