Saturday 1st July 2023

Steam Special - Tribute to the Bournemouth Belle


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In honour of one of the most famous " Belle" trains to ever run,  we are paying tribute to the Bournemouth Belle train service, by recreating a special day  trip to Bournemouth with the Northern Belle carriages and a vintage steam locomotive.

Back in the 1930s and 40s the rich and famous, including Hollywood legends, rock stars, aristocrats and even royalty would sip cocktails all dressed up in their finery, as they wallowed in the luxury of the legendary Bournemouth Belle, the last and most famous of Britain’s great Pullman trains.  

Many were on their way to catch giant ocean-going liners to America from Southampton. Others were just heading off to “take the air” on the South Coast beaches. But all were determined to reach their destination with the utmost panache.

And now it is your turn with this tribute special excusion.

To mark the 92nd anniversary of the Bournemouth Belle’s very first trip from London on July 5, 1931, we are planning to recreate all the style of that glamorous journey with the Northern Belle’s umber-and-cream painted Pullman-style carriages.

You will be welcomed aboard over a red carpet by a liveried steward before being handed a glass of champagne while you sink back into the armchair by your neatly laid-out table, ready for brunch lovingly prepared by our onboard chef Matthew Green.

Soon with a piercing blast of the whistle and a hiss of steam, our majestic steam engine –  perhaps even one that hauled the real Bournemouth Belle – will inch out of the platform before picking up speed to whisk us off on an unforgettable nostalgic journey to Hampshire.

Then after five hours at leisure in Bournemouth – with its Victorian pier, golden beaches and green parks – a delicious five-course meal will be served during the journey back to London.


  • Round-trip travel aboard the Northern Belle luxury train
  • Welcome champagne reception on board
  • Sparkling Bellini welcome drink
  • Delicious three course brunch
  • Afternoon at leisure in Bournemouth 
  • Five course dinner: British seasonal table d’hôte menu including Great British cheeseboard, biscuits and chutneys
  • Bottle of wine per couple
  • Tea, coffee and petits fours


From the moment you see the gleaming Northern Belle train pull into the station, you are transported back to a more glamorous age. The vintage train offers a true escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Enjoy handcrafted interiors, impeccable service and gastronomic cuisine. Sip champagne, absorb the views, chat with your fellow travellers. Unwind and relax - timeless memories are guaranteed.


Details will follow shortly - watch this space ! 


£ 495.00 Per Passenger Book with only a 15% deposit

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Timings are provisional and subject to Network Rail confirmation 7 days prior to departure.


  • Bookings of one or two attract a surcharge of £90 for a private table for two
  • All timings shown on this website are for your guidance only—a confirmed schedule will be supplied with your travel documents
  • Steam: Due to the antique nature of the locomotive from time to time the engines do sadly fail, in this situation we will reserve the right to substitute the advertised locomotive with a replacement. In the unlikely event we can not obtain a substitute we will run the excursion with a heritage diesel locomotive and offer a credit, discount or incentive which will be communicated at the time.
  • Please ensure you bring your travel documents on the day of your journey
  • If booking up to eight (8) weeks prior to departure, a non-refundable 15% deposit is required to secure your seats
  • Payment is required in full if you are booking within eight (8) weeks of travel
  • Full payment and cancellation details can be found in our Terms and Conditions page >

Our Best Available rate is subject to availability at time of booking, it is not applicable for parties of 12 or more. Please contact [email protected] for group pricing.

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