DEPARTING FROM: London Victoria (10.00/19.45)
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
We have been advised by Network Rail that due to station restrictions this train is unable to call at Brighton, therefore we have amended the routing and sightseeing stops as follows.
Capturing the atmosphere of summer seaside specials of yesteryear this train is steam hauled by Southern Railway West Country Class 34046 ‘Braunton’ and visits the popular destinations of Hastings and Eastbourne with ample time available in both resorts for building sandcastles, a stroll on the promenade and perhaps an ice cream or two.
Departing from London Victoria we head into the picturesque sussex countryside through East Croydon, Redhill, Tonbridge and Robertsbridge to Hastings for a break of around two hours.
Hastings – The history rich town of Hastings retains the character and charm of a Victorian seaside resort. Explore the lanes and passageways of the old town, lined with vintage shops, art galleries, boutiques and cafes. Take a stroll on the beach to see the famous black fishing huts that line the seafront, visit the refurbished pier or discover the history of Britain’s first Norman castle synonymous with the battle of 1066 whilst taking in the breathtaking views.
Our dedicated and immaculate train Stewards will welcome you back on board for the short 45-minute diesel hauled journey along the coastline through Bexhill to Eastbourne for a further break of around two hours.
Eastbourne – Held to be one of the sunniest resorts in England award winning Eastbourne, nestling at the foot of the south downs next to the national beauty spot Beachy Head, owes much to the Victorians and the 7th Duke of Devonshire who laid out beautiful parks and gardens and built the pier. This elegant town has many charms awaiting discovery including an excellent shopping centre and traditional seaside bandstands.
In the late afternoon our steam locomotive will be waiting to haul the train all the way back to London as we again take the coastal line back through Hastings and travelling across Romney Marsh and turning inland we pass the historic town of Rye and continue through Ashford International as our steam engine keeps company with modern Eurostar’s. Continuing through Sevenoaks, Swanley and Nunhead we are due to arrive back into London Victoria around 19.45 after a relaxing day out to two of the south coasts most iconic seaside resorts.
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.