How you can take a magical steam train ride from London to Dover this Christmas

Dover is a port town in Kent and is near the narrowest point in the English Channel, and of course it’s home to the world-famous white cliffs.

And what better way to visit such a pretty place and take in the views than by enjoying a ride on a vintage steam train while eating a fancy meal?

Steam Dreams are offering a circular trip on the magical Mayflower, a 1948 steam locomotive, departing from Bromley, South London, just days before Christmas.

The leisurely pace of steam travel allows passengers to take in the glorious views of the Kent coast without the need to get off the train.

For a truly special day out you can choose the Pullman Style Dining package where you can dine in the comfortable 1960s Restaurant Cars with wood panelling and large picture windows.

Passengers will travel from London to Dover to a round trip
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On a typical day trip, you will be served a breakfast on the outward journey and an evening meal on the return journey.

On the way to Dover the train begins at London Victoria and stops at Bromley South before a beautiful round trip of the coast.

The classic 61306 Mayflower was built in 1948 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow.

It has two cylinders, six driving wheels, a firebox grate area of 30 square feet and can operate at 75mph.

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The train is one of the last surviving B1 engines which were engineered to haul express passenger trains and also freight traffic.

Despite the current coronavirus restrictions, White Cliffs Lunchtime Tour with Steam Dreams is still scheduled to go ahead on December 18, with special measures in place to ensure a safe journey.

Estimated Timings Outward Return

London Victoria 9am 3:45pm

Bromley 9:30am 3:15pm

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Prices range from £89pp to £249pp and more information can be found here.

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