Steam Dreams

  • Four centuries on… Mayflower to honour the Mayflower

    Four centuries on… Mayflower to honour the Mayflower

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    DAVID Buck’s Thompson ‘B1’ 4-6-0 No. 61306 Mayflower will pay homage to the ship of the same name next September when it heads a commemorative railtour from London to Plymouth and Penzance to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers to the Americas. Steam Dreams’ ‘Mayflower 400’ will leave London Paddington at…

  • Good craic on Steam Dreams’ ‘Emerald Isle’ luxury charter

    Good craic on Steam Dreams’ ‘Emerald Isle’ luxury charter

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    BRITISH railtour operator Steam Dreams returned to Ireland during September with its multi-day ‘Emerald Isle Craic Express’. The charter was operated in conjunction with the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI). The RPSI’s Dublin-based Cravens set was given the luxury treatment to bring it up to Pullman standards, including carpets, curtains, table lamps and antimacassars.…

  • ‘Royal Windsor Steam Express’ to return in 2020

    ‘Royal Windsor Steam Express’ to return in 2020

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    Regular steam operation will return to London Waterloo in 2020 after Steam Dreams confirmed its ‘Royal Windsor Steam Express’ will run again next summer.  Operating every Tuesday until September 3, the trains consist of three one-way, steam-hauled trips from Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside and an evening dining circuit known as the ‘Sunset Steam…

  • Mayflower in the Highlands

    Mayflower in the Highlands

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    ‘B1’ No. 61306 Mayflower crosses the Beauly Firth at Invershin while working a day tour from Inverness to Dunrobin Castle during Steam Dreams’ mammoth ‘Highlands and Islands’ tour of Scotland on May 9-17.  The previous day, the Thompson 4-6-0 worked with No. 60103 Flying Scotsman over the Highland Main Line from Edinburgh.  ‘Scotsman’ worked north from King’s…

  • Type 4s deputise after Torbay steam failures

    Type 4s deputise after Torbay steam failures

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    Steam Dreams’ ‘Cathedral Express’ trip from Slough to Kingswear was powered by two West Coast Railways Class 47s on May 4 after the booked steam locomotives suffered failures.  The original plan was for a WCRC ‘47’ to work the train as far as Taunton, where David Buck’s ‘B1’ No. 61306 Mayflower would take over for the…

  • Steam Dreams to run an extra 56 London trains this summer

    Steam Dreams to run an extra 56 London trains this summer

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    The tour promoter has planned four trains every Tuesday out of Waterloo for a 14-week period ending on Tuesday, September 3.

  • Mayflower takes first trip after three years

    Mayflower takes first trip after three years

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    The steam locomotive Mayflower returned to the South with Rail Company Steam Dreams to make its first passenger-carrying trip, in three years.

  • No. 60007 joins Hosking fleet at Crewe

    No. 60007 joins Hosking fleet at Crewe

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    The agreement will see No. 60007 step into the void left by classmate No. 4464 Bittern at Crewe.

  • Mayflower: March target

    Mayflower: March target

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    By Cedric Johns THOUGHTS of B1 4-6-0 No. 61306 Mayflower returning south for Steam Dreams’ duties in December were dashed following its second main line (loaded) proving run around the West Coast Railways circuit on December 6. The 4-6-0 is still at Carnforth receiving mechanical adjustments to problems thrown up during the locomotive’s second run.…

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