We look forward to you joining us on a wonderful journey through glorious countryside to one of England's magnificent Cathedral Cities or coastal towns. Or join us for a circular tour or even a 3 or 8 day trip around the British Isles.
Treat yourself to our Premier Dining or Pullman style class tickets, and dine in comfort along the way, or choose a luxury picnic box or hot & cold food and drinks from the buffet.
A day out on the 'Cathedrals Express' is one to be remembered. The historic carriages, the sound of the engine's whistle and the smoke drifting past the window evoke memories of a bygone age of the steam train.
Steam Dreams was the brainchild of steam train enthusiast Marcus Robertson whose mother wrote the Wombles. "As a child I loved steam travel and always felt it had a magic - making travel exciting and fun. In the mid 1990s when I started taking my children on steam trips I realised that there were many people like me looking to re-live the nostalgia of steam travel. My wife, although enjoying the steam travel, was equally keen on finding an attractive destination and it was this that got me thinking - 'why not combine the two?' Steam travel for me, an attractive destination for her and gourmet food included. With this in mind, the concept of The Cathedrals Express was launched.
In 2000 the first Cathedrals Express left London for Canterbury. "It was an immediate success" said Marcus Robertson. "Everyone was so enthusiastic and really appreciated the extra touches - like the innovative menus in Premier Dining, fresh flowers on the table, the links with the cathedral and the information we produce outlining the route and places of interest to look out for along the way together with information on what to do and see on arrival in the city.
"From there over the next couple of years we worked hard to develop a good range of cities - all with enormous historic interest and within easy reach of London. Our customers voted with their feet - some travelling with us as often as 10 times in a season."
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