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Thursday 25 April 2019

Re-live the magic and style of the steam train era

Visitors to England this summer will have the chance to re-live the magic of the steam train era. 

The Steam Dreams Rail Co. is launching The Royal Windsor Steam Express, which will be the first regular steam train service in modern history from London Waterloo to Windsor. 

The company is also launching the Sunset Steam Express, an evening dining experience through the picturesque Surrey Hills. 

Both services will operate from June 4 to September 3, 2019. 

The Royal Windsor Steam Express will leave Waterloo at 08.02, 11.10 and 14.10 every Tuesday.  There will be three classes of travel including elegant 1950s Pullman-style dining carriages as well as comfortable first class restaurant cars.

The journey will follow the same route of the trains that would transport members of the Royal Family from London to their castle in Windsor. First built in the 11th century, it is the largest continuously occupied castle in the world and home to English Kings and Queens from William the Conqueror to the present Elizabeth II.

Tickets start at £35 ($64) up to £85 ($156) for the Pullman-style dining experience with Champagne brunch. 

Table service for snacks and drinks will be available throughout the rest of the train and picnics are welcome. Tickets can be purchased online or at the station on the day.

The Sunset Steam Express will leave Waterloo Station for a four-hour round trip through the Surrey Hills – a designated n Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Dinner will be served en route in the elegant 1950s Pullman-style dining carriages.

The train will head south across the suburbs of London, pass through the historic cathedral town of Guildford and take the steep climb through the Surrey Hills before descending the Vale of Holmesdale and back to Waterloo via the market towns of Dorking and Reigate.

Prices from £99 ($182) to £129 ($237).  A standard ticket at £49 ($90) offers seating at tables where snacks can be purchased and picnics are welcome.

Trains on these experiences will usually be pulled by a B1 Class Locomotive - Mayflower - built in 1948 and sporting its original British Rail apple green livery.

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