Dorset

New steam train summer service for Weymouth

For the first time in more than 40 years a steam passenger train service is running from London to Weymouth.

The Dorset Coast Express weekly specials, operated by The Railway Touring Company, will run throughout the summer until 1 September.

Locomotive 30777 Sir Lamiel, built in 1925, hauled restored, vintage carriages from the 50s and 60s, for the service's maiden journey.

British Rail ran its last steam passenger train there in 1968.

The train, which goes via Bournemouth and Wareham, arrived in Weymouth earlier.

On future dates locomotive 30777 Sir Lamiel will be replaced by 60019 Bittern, 70013 Oliver Cromwell, 70000 Britannia, 34067 Tangmere and 46115 Scots Guardsman.

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