Steaming into Bournemouth: the historic trains set to transport people back to the 1950s

HISTORIC TRIP: Steam trains are set to transport holiday-makers from London to Bournemouth on a journey reminiscent of the 1950s

HISTORIC TRIP: Steam trains are set to transport holiday-makers from London to Bournemouth on a journey reminiscent of the 1950s

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HISTORIC steam trains will be transporting hundreds of sun-seeking city folk to Bournemouth over the summer.

A 1945-built locomotive pulled into the town’s iconic Victorian station earlier this month as the Dorset Coast Express made its first trip to the town this year.

Organised by the heritage rail operator the Railway Touring Company, the scheme will see a variety of classic steam trains stop off at the station each Wednesday up until mid-September.

The train travels from London Victoria to Bournemouth and Weymouth, stopping at Staines, Woking, Basingstoke and Southampton Central to pick-up passengers along the way. On the return journey, because Weymouth does not have a turn table to turn the steam loco, the vintage train travels from Weymouth to Southampton hauled by diesel.

At Southampton it is re-met by the historic steam train which hauls it back to the capital.

The Railway Touring Company’s managing director Nigel Dobbing said the experience mimics 1950s day trips to the coast.

He said: “The Dorset Coast Express recreates the 1950s summers days out to the seaside by steam train.”

The historic locomotives due to haul the Dorset Coast Express over the summer include a Black 5 built in 1945, a Braunton built in 1946 and a Tangmere built in 1947.

The trains are expected to reach Bournemouth Station on Wednesdays at approximately 12.50pm and Weymouth at 13.45pm.

To find out more about the Dorset Coast Express go to railwaytouring.net.

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7:49am Wed 20 Aug 14

ben111 says...

Steaming into Bournemouth: the historic trains set to transport people back to the 1950s

Where is Marty McFly , I have my alminac take me back to the 1950's, for it must be some sort of time machine.
Steaming into Bournemouth: the historic trains set to transport people back to the 1950s Where is Marty McFly , I have my alminac take me back to the 1950's, for it must be some sort of time machine. ben111
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9:02am Wed 20 Aug 14

MJD says...

Todays steam loco will be Britannia class 7MT Oliver Cromwell 70013 not the one show above in the photo. Bournemouth 12:48 Poole 13:01 Hamworthy 13:4 1/2
Todays steam loco will be Britannia class 7MT Oliver Cromwell 70013 not the one show above in the photo. Bournemouth 12:48 Poole 13:01 Hamworthy 13:4 1/2 MJD
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9:22am Wed 20 Aug 14

RRYFS55 says...

The great shame is that the return journey is not steam hauled as in some previous years. The sight and sound of a steam locomotive pulling a full train up Parkstone Bank is one not to be missed. I was in the garden with my grandson two weeks ago when we heard it coming and leaned over the back fence, but with a diesel up front and the steam locomotive just tacked on the back, it was disappointing.
The great shame is that the return journey is not steam hauled as in some previous years. The sight and sound of a steam locomotive pulling a full train up Parkstone Bank is one not to be missed. I was in the garden with my grandson two weeks ago when we heard it coming and leaned over the back fence, but with a diesel up front and the steam locomotive just tacked on the back, it was disappointing. RRYFS55
  • Score: 2

9:55am Wed 20 Aug 14

ferndownguy19 says...

Instead of Southampton shame they can't separate at wareham, then use the turning facilities at Swanage, perhaps the locos are too large to be turned there.
Instead of Southampton shame they can't separate at wareham, then use the turning facilities at Swanage, perhaps the locos are too large to be turned there. ferndownguy19
  • Score: 3

11:29am Wed 20 Aug 14

push-pull says...

ferndownguy19 wrote:
Instead of Southampton shame they can't separate at wareham, then use the turning facilities at Swanage, perhaps the locos are too large to be turned there.
Correct, all loco's that have a separate tender are to large to be turned at Swanage at the moment. Sometimes the loco has gone off to be turned at Yeovil, but this can take over 4 hrs.
The diesel is D6515, a Southern Region loco usually resident at Swanage and would have been used on 'Inter- City' trains from Poole so typical for this type of train.
[quote][p][bold]ferndownguy19[/bold] wrote: Instead of Southampton shame they can't separate at wareham, then use the turning facilities at Swanage, perhaps the locos are too large to be turned there.[/p][/quote]Correct, all loco's that have a separate tender are to large to be turned at Swanage at the moment. Sometimes the loco has gone off to be turned at Yeovil, but this can take over 4 hrs. The diesel is D6515, a Southern Region loco usually resident at Swanage and would have been used on 'Inter- City' trains from Poole so typical for this type of train. push-pull
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7:18am Thu 21 Aug 14

Huey says...

Some very interesting comments on here
Some very interesting comments on here Huey
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