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READER OFFER! Steam train trip from Surrey to the south coast

PUBLISHED: 18:19 27 June 2013 | UPDATED: 18:35 27 June 2013

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Get an exclusive discount on a summer day out by steam train, leaving from right here in Surrey and heading down to the south coast through the beautiful countryside...

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Surrey Life has teamed up with The Railway Touring Company to offer readers a discount of £10 per person on all prices. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, quote SUR at the time of booking.

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It seems that 2013 is a year of steam anniversaries. Not only was it 75 years ago that the mighty Mallard set the unbeaten world speed record for steam, but it’s also 45 years since British Railways’ final mainline passenger steam service in 1968. Yet, the fascination with steam travel never wanes.

Hauled by magnificent steam locomotives, The Dorset Coast Express continues to capture the hearts of passengers young and old, with people turning out to catch sight of this head-turning vintage train and many more clambering on board for a summer’s day trip to the seaside.

Departing from Staines and Woking every Wednesday from July 24 to September 11, this special steam service will take you on a nostalgic journey to Bournemouth or Weymouth.

Heading south through Winchester, the steam train will stop off at Bournemouth for passengers wishing to enjoy the golden beaches of this popular resort. If you choose to stay on board, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the lovely Poole Harbour and classic Dorset countryside scenery.

At Weymouth, there will be time to play on the beach, sample some fish and chips or stroll with an ice cream before steaming for home.

Organised by heritage rail operator The Railway Touring Company, The Dorset Coast Express has a pool of historic locomotives to haul its restored vintage carriages on different dates, including the 1925-built No. 30777 Sir Lamiel, the 1947 built No. 34067 Tangmere, the 1946-built No. 34046 Braunton and the 1951-built No. 70000 Britannia.

On the return journey, there will be the added excitement of the appearance of a second steam locomotive as the train is ‘banked’ at the rear to provide the power for a steep climb up Upwey Bank – both ‘giants of steam’ will work flat out to reach the top. The train stops at Dorchester South to detach its ‘banker’ before collecting passengers from Bournemouth for the homeward journey.

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NEED TO KNOW:

The Dorset Coast Express runs from Wednesdays July 24 to September 11, with approximate departure times of London Victoria at 8.45am, Staines at 9.35am and Woking at 10.05am.

Prices:

Standard: £72pp/£186 family – includes a reserved seat at a table for four

First class: £115pp/£301 family – includes morning coffee and Danish pastry, and afternoon tea with a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, jam and cream served on board

Premier Dining: £179pp/£492 family – includes full English breakfast and a four-course dinner silver served at your seat

Contact:

The Railway Touring Company. Tel: 01553 661500 / www.railwaytouring.net

Terms & conditions: The Railway Touring Company’s conditions of booking and travel apply. A family ticket is for two adults and two juniors aged 15 and under. Tables for two can be guaranteed in First/Premier for a supplement of £20pp (subject to availability). Buffet car available. Junior fares available.

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