This spring, locals will be able to commemorate HM Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th year, when The Cathedrals Express steam train sets out from Horsham.
On Thursday, May 5, steam locomotive 6201 Princess Elizabeth, which was named after the young Princess in 1933, will be at the head of the train as it makes its way to Gloucester for a great day trip.
‘Lizzie’, as she is affectionately known, will depart from Horsham at 08:30 and head into London, before making her way north-west, through the rolling hills of The Cotswolds and on to Gloucester. There will be nearly three hours to explore this fabulous city, home to one of the country’s finest medieval cathedrals, made famous in recent years as a setting for the Harry Potter films. In the restored 200-year old historic docks, there are two museums, an antiques market and bustling shopping centre. For fans of Beatrix Potter, there is also a Beatrix Potter Museum and shop.
Chairman of Steam Dreams, Marcus Robertson, commented: “We are honoured to be starting our 2016 programme with a series of celebratory trips, using this prestigious and elegant locomotive. Given the very special connection The Queen has to this engine, it seems a very fitting way to mark her 90th Birthday.
“Gloucester is a wonderful city to visit and to be able to arrive here, with ‘Lizzie’ at the helm, will be a memorable experience for those on-board.”
The trip to Gloucester is part of a series of special celebratory excursions with ‘Lizzie’, to various destinations across the country (see full itinerary below), as the nation celebrates The Queen’s 90th birthday on 21st April. The locomotive returns to the tracks this spring, following a major three year refurbishment. She last visited Gloucester in July 2012, hauling the Royal Train with Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip on board, as part of the Royal Jubilee Tour.
Tickets for The Cathedrals Express trip to Gloucester on May 5 with Princess Elizabeth are available in four classes, ranging from £109 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 going on The Cathedrals Express should call the booking office on 01483 209888 or visit www.CathedralsExpress.co.uk.