DEPARTING FROM: Exeter St David’s (06.50/21.55) Tiverton Parkway (07.05/21.40) Taunton (07.20/21.20) Bridgwater (07.30/21.15) Weston super Mare (07.50/20.50) Bristol Temple Meads (09.05/19.55) Patchway (09.20/19.35) Severn Tunnel Jct (09.35/19.20) Newport (09.55/19.00)
All timings shown are approximate and may be subject to change – Tickets and confirmed timings will be forwarded by post 7 days prior to departure
Enjoy a summer day tour to glorious South Wales as our train is diesel hauled from Exeter to Bristol and then following a locomotive change we are steam hauled through the Severn Tunnel and into Wales, travelling through Cardiff and via Bridgend and Port Talbot we take the Swansea District Line to run beside the Bristol Channel and around the coast offering splendid views across Carmarthen Bay to the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside with miles of sand dunes and vast golden beaches. We arrive into Carmarthen for an afternoon break whilst our steam locomotive is turned, watered and coaled for the return journey.
Carmarthen is an attractive town set on the banks of the River Towy, with a pedestrianised shopping area and a large modern covered market. From the old Quay, narrow winding lanes lead up between old houses to the gatehouse of a ruined 14th-c Norman castle. One of the oldest buildings in the town is 12th-c St Peter’s Church. The many splendid houses beside the church and the elegant buildings around the Guildhall Square, testify to the town’s distinguished past. The River Towy (Welsh: Afon Tywi), the second largest in Wales, flows on down to the south coast, leading out into the Bay of Carmarthen, which is lined with many fine beaches. These include the wide stretch of Pendine Sands, where in the 1920s it was the scene of several thrilling attempts at the land speed record.
With our locomotive refreshed we head homeward through Llanelli with views of the Gower and at Swansea take the line through Cockett and the Vale of Glamorgan line.
The train is steam hauled from Bristol by one of our immaculately restored pool of engines including: the world famous LMS Royal Scot Class, No.46100 ‘Royal Scot’ – West Country Class, No. 34046 ‘Braunton’ – Britannia Pacific Class, No 70000 ‘Britannia’ – LNER A4 Pacific No 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’
There are 3 different classes of travel available, but whichever you choose please book early to avoid disappointment:
Standard Class – £95
Reserved seating is arranged around a table of four with bookings for two persons seated side by side with one window and one aisle seat whilst bookings for one person are normally allocated an aisle seat. Toilet facilities are available in each carriage and a buffet bar is available throughout most of the journey for the purchase of hot & cold beverages, snacks, sandwiches and alcoholic drinks.
First Class – £145
Reserved seating is arranged around a table of four, or table of two offering additional legroom, wide cushioned seats, curtains and large picture windows. Toilet facilities are available in each carriage and a complimentary service of tea/coffee & biscuits are included in the price and a buffet bar is available throughout most of the journey for the purchase of hot & cold beverages, sandwiches, snacks and alcoholic drinks.
Premier Dining – £260
Includes the service of full English breakfast, morning tea/coffee & biscuits and four course dinner. Seating is arranged the same as First Class around a table of four or table of two laid with crisp linen and dressed in the finest crockery, fresh flowers and glassware. Meals are prepared on board by our chefs and silver served at your reserved seat by liveried stewards. A full wine & drinks list is available with an ‘at seat’ service during the meals.
Premier Dining is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years
Seats at a guaranteed window table for 2 are available at a supplement of £25 per person in First Class & Premier Dining
We are unable to cater for special dietary requirements other than a vegetarian or gluten free option. Please see our full terms & conditions here for further details https://saphostrains.com/booking-conditions/
To make a booking just select the joining station from the drop-down menu and enter the number of seats required in the quantity box.
*The contents of the cakes may contain traces of the following allergens: Milk, Egg, Soya, Tree Nuts, Gluten, Sesame Seed, Sunflower Seed, Cracked Rye, Flax Seeds, Millet, Barley, Wheat, Sulphur Dioxide, Sulphites, Lupin and Mustard. WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER ALTERNATIVE VARIETIES OF CELEBRATION CAKES TO PURCHASE.
** Hand tied arrangement. If you would prefer specific colours, please indicate this in the ‘Special Requests’ box at the Check Out stage. Our florists will endeavour to meet your colour requirements, but this cannot be guaranteed due to seasonal availability.