Seaside steam service to run from Basingstoke from Wednesday

Black 5 No  44932 is scheduled to haul The Dorset Coast Express on Wednesday

Black 5 No 44932 is scheduled to haul The Dorset Coast Express on Wednesday

First published in Leisure News

A SUMMER seaside steam service to Bournemouth and Weymouth is to run from Basingstoke and Woking again this year.

The Dorset Coast Express is due to depart from Basingstoke each Wednesday from July 30 until September 10.

This week, historic 1945-built Black 5 locomotive No. 44932 is scheduled to haul the vintage rail coaches of The Dorset Coast Express.

This class 5 4-6-0 steam loco was built at Horwich by the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR) as a mixed traffic locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains.

The steam trains are organised by heritage rail operator The Railway Touring Company, which is also running seaside steam services The Scarborough Flyer from stations in the North West and The Weymouth Seaside Express from the Bristol area.

Historic locomotives, including Black 5 No. 44932, 1946-built No. 34046 Braunton and 1947-built No. 34067 Tangmere, will haul The Dorset Coast Express on different dates.

The train steams from London Victoria to Bournemouth and Weymouth, stopping at Staines, Woking, Basingstoke and Southampton Central to collect passengers along the way. On the return, because Weymouth does not have a turn table to turn the steam loco, the vintage train travels from Weymouth to Southampton hauled by diesel where it is to be re-met by its historic steam locomotive for the remainder of the homeward journey.

The Dorset Coast Express is expected to reach Bournemouth at 12.50pm and Weymouth at 1.45pm, giving passengers time to spend the afternoon on the beaches.

Find out more from The Railway Touring Company on 01553 661500 or visit railwaytouring.net.

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12:21pm Wed 30 Jul 14

jonone says...

Hmmm, so £200 return by steam train or £37 with SWT??
Hmmm, so £200 return by steam train or £37 with SWT?? jonone
  • Score: -10

12:24pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Cynical Reader says...

And due to the dry conditions and fire risk, the train is pushed by a diesel engine. The steam engine is just for decoration and the whistle.
And due to the dry conditions and fire risk, the train is pushed by a diesel engine. The steam engine is just for decoration and the whistle. Cynical Reader
  • Score: -8

2:03pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Folkestone Saint says...

What a cheerful couple you two would make, firstly jonone it is £65 for just you and if you have a family £169, so your price comparison doesn't work, thats like comparing a taxi V's a bus, secondly this is offering people the chance to travel on a beautiful old train.
@Cynical, a steam train needs "steam" for the whistle to work.
Why do people feel it necessary to put down what others try to do, I'm no train fan but would stop to look at on of these go past.
What a cheerful couple you two would make, firstly jonone it is £65 for just you and if you have a family £169, so your price comparison doesn't work, thats like comparing a taxi V's a bus, secondly this is offering people the chance to travel on a beautiful old train. @Cynical, a steam train needs "steam" for the whistle to work. Why do people feel it necessary to put down what others try to do, I'm no train fan but would stop to look at on of these go past. Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 15

5:57pm Fri 1 Aug 14

jonone says...

Folkestone Saint wrote:
What a cheerful couple you two would make, firstly jonone it is £65 for just you and if you have a family £169, so your price comparison doesn't work, thats like comparing a taxi V's a bus, secondly this is offering people the chance to travel on a beautiful old train.
@Cynical, a steam train needs "steam" for the whistle to work.
Why do people feel it necessary to put down what others try to do, I'm no train fan but would stop to look at on of these go past.
I based both prices on 2 adults and 1 child, with similar departure time.

Suggest you do some research before making claims people are wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: What a cheerful couple you two would make, firstly jonone it is £65 for just you and if you have a family £169, so your price comparison doesn't work, thats like comparing a taxi V's a bus, secondly this is offering people the chance to travel on a beautiful old train. @Cynical, a steam train needs "steam" for the whistle to work. Why do people feel it necessary to put down what others try to do, I'm no train fan but would stop to look at on of these go past.[/p][/quote]I based both prices on 2 adults and 1 child, with similar departure time. Suggest you do some research before making claims people are wrong. jonone
  • Score: -16

7:56pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Folkestone Saint says...

jonone wrote:
Folkestone Saint wrote:
What a cheerful couple you two would make, firstly jonone it is £65 for just you and if you have a family £169, so your price comparison doesn't work, thats like comparing a taxi V's a bus, secondly this is offering people the chance to travel on a beautiful old train.
@Cynical, a steam train needs "steam" for the whistle to work.
Why do people feel it necessary to put down what others try to do, I'm no train fan but would stop to look at on of these go past.
I based both prices on 2 adults and 1 child, with similar departure time.

Suggest you do some research before making claims people are wrong.
Well a family ticket is £169 and not £200, I, as you suggest had done my research before posting and can confirm "YOU ARE WRONG", also it is not a like for like service is it, would you compare Concord to a Jumbo jet, they are both planes after all, neither steam though
[quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: What a cheerful couple you two would make, firstly jonone it is £65 for just you and if you have a family £169, so your price comparison doesn't work, thats like comparing a taxi V's a bus, secondly this is offering people the chance to travel on a beautiful old train. @Cynical, a steam train needs "steam" for the whistle to work. Why do people feel it necessary to put down what others try to do, I'm no train fan but would stop to look at on of these go past.[/p][/quote]I based both prices on 2 adults and 1 child, with similar departure time. Suggest you do some research before making claims people are wrong.[/p][/quote]Well a family ticket is £169 and not £200, I, as you suggest had done my research before posting and can confirm "YOU ARE WRONG", also it is not a like for like service is it, would you compare Concord to a Jumbo jet, they are both planes after all, neither steam though Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 11

11:19am Sat 2 Aug 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Folkestone Saint wrote:
jonone wrote:
Folkestone Saint wrote:
What a cheerful couple you two would make, firstly jonone it is £65 for just you and if you have a family £169, so your price comparison doesn't work, thats like comparing a taxi V's a bus, secondly this is offering people the chance to travel on a beautiful old train.
@Cynical, a steam train needs "steam" for the whistle to work.
Why do people feel it necessary to put down what others try to do, I'm no train fan but would stop to look at on of these go past.
I based both prices on 2 adults and 1 child, with similar departure time.

Suggest you do some research before making claims people are wrong.
Well a family ticket is £169 and not £200, I, as you suggest had done my research before posting and can confirm "YOU ARE WRONG", also it is not a like for like service is it, would you compare Concord to a Jumbo jet, they are both planes after all, neither steam though
I have to opologise, it is £200, I was looking at the wrong itinary, the rest of my comments stand though
[quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: What a cheerful couple you two would make, firstly jonone it is £65 for just you and if you have a family £169, so your price comparison doesn't work, thats like comparing a taxi V's a bus, secondly this is offering people the chance to travel on a beautiful old train. @Cynical, a steam train needs "steam" for the whistle to work. Why do people feel it necessary to put down what others try to do, I'm no train fan but would stop to look at on of these go past.[/p][/quote]I based both prices on 2 adults and 1 child, with similar departure time. Suggest you do some research before making claims people are wrong.[/p][/quote]Well a family ticket is £169 and not £200, I, as you suggest had done my research before posting and can confirm "YOU ARE WRONG", also it is not a like for like service is it, would you compare Concord to a Jumbo jet, they are both planes after all, neither steam though[/p][/quote]I have to opologise, it is £200, I was looking at the wrong itinary, the rest of my comments stand though Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 8

6:15pm Sat 2 Aug 14

jonone says...

Folkestone Saint wrote:
jonone wrote:
Folkestone Saint wrote:
What a cheerful couple you two would make, firstly jonone it is £65 for just you and if you have a family £169, so your price comparison doesn't work, thats like comparing a taxi V's a bus, secondly this is offering people the chance to travel on a beautiful old train.
@Cynical, a steam train needs "steam" for the whistle to work.
Why do people feel it necessary to put down what others try to do, I'm no train fan but would stop to look at on of these go past.
I based both prices on 2 adults and 1 child, with similar departure time.

Suggest you do some research before making claims people are wrong.
Well a family ticket is £169 and not £200, I, as you suggest had done my research before posting and can confirm "YOU ARE WRONG", also it is not a like for like service is it, would you compare Concord to a Jumbo jet, they are both planes after all, neither steam though
So, on the subject of price, I was not wrong then.

As for the silly comparison using ConcordE - not a valid comparison.
[quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: What a cheerful couple you two would make, firstly jonone it is £65 for just you and if you have a family £169, so your price comparison doesn't work, thats like comparing a taxi V's a bus, secondly this is offering people the chance to travel on a beautiful old train. @Cynical, a steam train needs "steam" for the whistle to work. Why do people feel it necessary to put down what others try to do, I'm no train fan but would stop to look at on of these go past.[/p][/quote]I based both prices on 2 adults and 1 child, with similar departure time. Suggest you do some research before making claims people are wrong.[/p][/quote]Well a family ticket is £169 and not £200, I, as you suggest had done my research before posting and can confirm "YOU ARE WRONG", also it is not a like for like service is it, would you compare Concord to a Jumbo jet, they are both planes after all, neither steam though[/p][/quote]So, on the subject of price, I was not wrong then. As for the silly comparison using ConcordE - not a valid comparison. jonone
  • Score: -7

11:32pm Sat 2 Aug 14

radders19 says...

Ignoring the petty squabble, fair play for apologising.
Ignoring the petty squabble, fair play for apologising. radders19
  • Score: 4

9:43am Sun 3 Aug 14

Folkestone Saint says...

jonone wrote:
Folkestone Saint wrote:
jonone wrote:
Folkestone Saint wrote:
What a cheerful couple you two would make, firstly jonone it is £65 for just you and if you have a family £169, so your price comparison doesn't work, thats like comparing a taxi V's a bus, secondly this is offering people the chance to travel on a beautiful old train.
@Cynical, a steam train needs "steam" for the whistle to work.
Why do people feel it necessary to put down what others try to do, I'm no train fan but would stop to look at on of these go past.
I based both prices on 2 adults and 1 child, with similar departure time.

Suggest you do some research before making claims people are wrong.
Well a family ticket is £169 and not £200, I, as you suggest had done my research before posting and can confirm "YOU ARE WRONG", also it is not a like for like service is it, would you compare Concord to a Jumbo jet, they are both planes after all, neither steam though
So, on the subject of price, I was not wrong then.

As for the silly comparison using ConcordE - not a valid comparison.
Is that because it's not steam
[quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: What a cheerful couple you two would make, firstly jonone it is £65 for just you and if you have a family £169, so your price comparison doesn't work, thats like comparing a taxi V's a bus, secondly this is offering people the chance to travel on a beautiful old train. @Cynical, a steam train needs "steam" for the whistle to work. Why do people feel it necessary to put down what others try to do, I'm no train fan but would stop to look at on of these go past.[/p][/quote]I based both prices on 2 adults and 1 child, with similar departure time. Suggest you do some research before making claims people are wrong.[/p][/quote]Well a family ticket is £169 and not £200, I, as you suggest had done my research before posting and can confirm "YOU ARE WRONG", also it is not a like for like service is it, would you compare Concord to a Jumbo jet, they are both planes after all, neither steam though[/p][/quote]So, on the subject of price, I was not wrong then. As for the silly comparison using ConcordE - not a valid comparison.[/p][/quote]Is that because it's not steam Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 3

9:50am Sun 3 Aug 14

Folkestone Saint says...

radders19 wrote:
Ignoring the petty squabble, fair play for apologising.
Thank you, I hate to be wrong like we all do, a family ticket is for two adults and two children so the comparison was still incorrect just not the cost on the steam train.
[quote][p][bold]radders19[/bold] wrote: Ignoring the petty squabble, fair play for apologising.[/p][/quote]Thank you, I hate to be wrong like we all do, a family ticket is for two adults and two children so the comparison was still incorrect just not the cost on the steam train. Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 0

10:23am Sun 3 Aug 14

jonone says...

Folkestone Saint wrote:
radders19 wrote:
Ignoring the petty squabble, fair play for apologising.
Thank you, I hate to be wrong like we all do, a family ticket is for two adults and two children so the comparison was still incorrect just not the cost on the steam train.
Actually, it isn't. I put 2 adults and 1 child into the website and got £200, the fact this is the same as a family ticket is because 1 child is free - as is often the case with such tickets.

Sorry if this is petty.
[quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]radders19[/bold] wrote: Ignoring the petty squabble, fair play for apologising.[/p][/quote]Thank you, I hate to be wrong like we all do, a family ticket is for two adults and two children so the comparison was still incorrect just not the cost on the steam train.[/p][/quote]Actually, it isn't. I put 2 adults and 1 child into the website and got £200, the fact this is the same as a family ticket is because 1 child is free - as is often the case with such tickets. Sorry if this is petty. jonone
  • Score: -3

1:12pm Sun 3 Aug 14

BasingstokeCouncilSuck says...

But what about Council People with their 4 (or so) children?
But what about Council People with their 4 (or so) children? BasingstokeCouncilSuck
  • Score: -2

10:52am Mon 4 Aug 14

JJ38JJ says...

Personally I don't get all nostalgic at the sight of steam engine. But obviously there are those out there that do and I'm very happy for them. But I would have thought that the best way to observe it would be from the outside rather than sat in a carriage where you can't see it.
Personally I don't get all nostalgic at the sight of steam engine. But obviously there are those out there that do and I'm very happy for them. But I would have thought that the best way to observe it would be from the outside rather than sat in a carriage where you can't see it. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 2

1:57pm Mon 4 Aug 14

barbie60 says...

I think it's a lovely idea, yes it may be a tad expensive but for the experience and for my children to be able to experience it as well I think it's worth it. I'm not a great lover of trains but it's cheaper than taking my children to a theame park with petrol and entance.
I think it's a lovely idea, yes it may be a tad expensive but for the experience and for my children to be able to experience it as well I think it's worth it. I'm not a great lover of trains but it's cheaper than taking my children to a theame park with petrol and entance. barbie60
  • Score: 6

11:52am Tue 5 Aug 14

BasingstokeBroadband.co.uk says...

What a great idea, if only it went into Swanage station then life would be complete!
What a great idea, if only it went into Swanage station then life would be complete! BasingstokeBroadband.co.uk
  • Score: 0

12:11pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Cynical Reader says...

They do run to Swanage from Basingstoke quite often.
Here's a list of all main line steam tour:-
http://www.uksteam.i
nfo/tours/trs14.htm#
twk
They do run to Swanage from Basingstoke quite often. Here's a list of all main line steam tour:- http://www.uksteam.i nfo/tours/trs14.htm# twk Cynical Reader
  • Score: 1

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