Cathedral Express Heads To Winchester For Christmas

Worth A Look If You Are In The Area

The Cathedral Express operates day tours to Cathedral Cities and Coastal Towns throughout Britain.

As Christmas approaches, it is fitting that they are running a train to “Winchester Cathedral” which, of course is the subject of a famous song and known the world over on December 19, commencing at Southend East and travelling through London.

The loco on this occasion will be a LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 45407, seen in the picture below.

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There will be a diesel from London to Southend on the return journey.

A great opportunity for a steam train ride before Christmas. Mulled wine will be served during the trip!

Apparently the Mayflower pictured below was originally scheduled for this trip.

61306 Mayflower, a B1 Class locomotive

Philip Jones / Thursday 26 November 2015 / News

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TAKE a trip back in time on the steam-powered Cathedrals Express next month.

Departing from Southend East, the train will visit one of Europe’s best Christmas Markets in Winchester.

Passengers on the 61306 Mayflower, a B1 Class locomotive, will arrive in the cathedral city of Winchester at around 1.45pm on December 19 and have nearly three hours to explore the market before the train departs back to Southend.

Marcus Robertson, chairman of Steam Dreams, said: “A trip on The Cathedrals Express at Christmas time is a unique experience – there’s always a fabulous festive atmosphere on board and to arrive at Winchester behind steam makes it a really special occasion.

“Those wishing to make a real day of it can also enjoy a champagne breakfast and a four or five course meal on board, in our Premier and Pullman Style Dining carriages.”

The train departs Southend East at 9.10am and skirts around London before heading south west into Hampshire.

The market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and boasts more than 80 wooden chalet style stalls selling unique hand-crafted gifts, decorations and festive foods.

Winchester also has an ice rink at its heart and visitors are recommended to visit the city’s cathedral.

Tickets for the trip can be bought in four classes, starting at £99.

Passengers will be seated at tables of four with white tablecloths and complimentary tea and coffee for the cheapest fares, with a champagne breakfast and five course dinner available for those willing to pay £239 for a ticket.

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All the carriages will be decorated for the season and passengers will also be served mulled wine and mince pies.

Anyone interested in travelling on The Cathedrals Express should call the booking office on 01483 209888 or visit

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