Steam locomotives head from Bristol to Weymouth

Railway Touring Company
Image caption The journey will take four hours

Three steam locomotives will be making the journey from Bristol to the seaside this summer.

The Railway Touring Company will be running a weekly service to Weymouth in Dorset from 17 July.

The 1929-built 4937 Kinlet Hall, the 5029 Nunney Castle from 1934, and the 1951 70000 Britannia, will pull vintage carriages on the four-hour trip.

Departing from Temple Meads, the Weymouth Seaside Express will pass through Bath, Westbury and Frome.

"The [service] will be a trip down memory lane for many," said managing director Nigel Dobbing.

"These trains will evoke the past for a nostalgic experience for those of us who can remember the days of steam before British Railways' final steam passenger service back in 1968."

John Crane from the Heritage Railway Association said: "The running of regular trains such as the Weymouth Seaside Express is particularly welcomed as a way of showing the work of the railway preservation movement."

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