Flying Scotsman comes through Chiswick

Image above: Flying Scotsman at Victoria Station

The Flying Scotsman, the steam train which famously became the first locomotive to break the 100mph barrier, passed through Chiswick on Thursday 20 May.

The train, now owned by the National Railway Museum, was operated by The Steam Dreams Rail Company, which runs pleasure trips on steam trains out of Victoria Station. The grand old locomotive was making its first trip with passengers in two years.

Passengers paid up to £275 to take the three hour round trip from Victoria to the Surrey Hills. Leaving at 10.46am, they passed the Chelsea and Albert Bridges with views of Battersea Power Station, before heading out into the suburbs and then Surrey where they made a steep climb to the summit at Abinger Hammer. The train then descended through the Vale of Holmesdale, at the foot of the ridge of the North Downs, before passing through Dorking and Reigate and heading back to London.

Steam Dreams offered passengers one of three classes of travel from Pullman Style Dining ‘in beautiful vintage carriages with wood panelled walls, table lamps and curtains whilst enjoying a three course meal’ to Premium Standard where passengers are ‘welcome to bring their own picnics, whilst seated in 1960s open carriages with large picture windows’. Prices started from £109 per person.

Image above: Flying Scotsman at Victoria Station

David Buck, owner of Steam Dreams Rail Co. commented:

‘We are delighted to be back out on the tracks again bringing the magic of steam train travel back to those who have missed it so much over the last year. What better way to re-start our steam train programme than with the most famous locomotive of them all. We are very grateful to Riley’s and the National Railway Museum for helping make it happen.’

‘We have a fabulous season ahead of us with lots of varied itineraries including more Flying Scotsman trips and the long-awaited return of our very popular Royal Windsor Steam Express and Sunset Steam Express trains which will be running out of London Victoria every Tuesday from the 1st June – 14th September.’ In addition, we will also be running our regular tours to Cathedral Cities, beach side resorts and special events such as Goodwood Revival to name but a few!’

The company has trips passing through Chiswick every Tuesday until the end of August, when you will be able to catch a sight of the Royal Windsor steam express Chiswick rail station at around 1.45 and 6.45pm.

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