Chance of ‘Royal’ steam train ride to celebrate Queen’s 90th year

Chance for a trip on Lizzie
Chance for a trip on Lizzie

Steam train fans have the chance to commemorate the Queen’s 90th year with a special trip from East Grinstead to Oxford and Worcester.

On Saturday March 12, the Cathedrals Express steam locomotive 6201 Princess Elizabeth, named after the young Princess in 1933, will be at the head of the train (from London) as it makes its way to Oxford and Worcester for a fabulous day trip.

The journey sees ‘Lizzie’, as she is affectionately named, return to the tracks after a major three-year refurbishment.

It will be the first in a series of special celebratory excursions with this famous locomotive, to various destinations across the country, as the nation prepares to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday on April 21.

The special charter will depart, diesel hauled, from East Grinstead at approximately 8.15am, heading up to London where ‘Lizzie’ will join the train.

From here it will make its way out along The Thames Valley, calling first at Oxford, where passengers can spend the afternoon. hey will have several hours to explore the ‘city of dreaming spires’. Those staying on the train will arrive in Worcester at approximately 2.40pm. Passengers will re-join The Cathedrals Express at 4.40pm (or 6.10pm from Oxford) for the journey home.

Chairman of Steam Dreams, Marcus Robertson commented; “We are honoured to be starting our 2016 programme with a series of special celebratory trips, using this prestigious and elegant locomotive. It seems a very fitting way to mark The Queen’s 90th Birthday.”

Tickets for The Cathedrals Express trip to Oxford and Worcester on Saturday 12 March with Princess Elizabeth are available in four classes, ranging from £99 per person in Premium Standard through to the top class of Pullman Style Dining of £249 per person.

Passengers travelling in Pullman Style will enjoy a two course Champagne brunch on the outward journey and a five course dinner on the return, whilst those opting for Premium Standard will be seated at tables of four in open carriages and served with complimentary tea and coffee at their seats.

Anyone interested in travelling on The Cathedrals Express should call the booking office on 01483 209888 or visit

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