A steam train tour will run several times in December designed to take trips across several of the railway bridges that cross the River Thames. They’re all tours in the evening, so apart from chugging through West London in a steam train, passengers get some lovely views of the Thames and the buildings along it lit up at night time.

The Steam Dreams tours depart from London Victoria station at 6:50pm, and take in a loop around West London crossing the Thames six times along the way, granting passengers night-time views of Barnes, Richmond, Chelsea Harbour and the Battersea Power Station.

The tour returns to London Victoria at 9:50pm — so 3-hours in total.

Tours run for two weeks, on Mon 13th and Tues 14th December, and the following week on Mon 20th and Wed 22nd December.

The costs:

Standard Class £49
Pullman Style Dining £159
Premier Dining £139

Standard Class is a 3-hour tour in a steam train in 1950s’ carriages.

Pullman Style Dining passengers and Premier Dining passengers will be served a festive three-course evening meal. Drinks can be purchased on board from the wine list.

The full details and booking are here.

The steam locomotive doing the heavy pulling is the 61306 Mayflower, one of two surviving B1 class steam engines built in 1948.


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  1. Milest says:

    Any tips for how to search for this on realtimetrains or similar websites? Operator code, headcode, etc?

    • ianVisits says:

      Just do an advanced search on RealTimeTrains for the departure date/time and you should be able to find the details – usually confirmed a few days before the trip.

    • Sean says:

      Expect these to appear some point next week on real time trains (commencing Monday 6th December). Trips on 13th, 20th and 22nd December are scheduled to be hauled by Mayflower. The trip on 14th December is scheduled to be hauled by Clan Line.

  2. MilesT says:

    I looked it up to see if there was anywhere nearby where I could see it passing (nothing particularly convenient)

    Advanced search on Real Time Trains for 13/12 from 0001 to 2359 at Victoria with operator code WR gets all the movements on one page. Similar works for other days (and I think shows the Clan line being stabled at Stewarts Lane)

    At platforms 2 or 7 in the station (platform 2 which also seems to be used for freight movements, and only platform 2 on 14/12)

    There seems to be a possibility for several trips in the day, over different routes and the evening timings don’t quite align to the original post. Stabling at Southall, with circular trips via Willesden/Clapham or St Margarets it seems

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