Time and date to see steam locomotives in Wiltshire in July

There will be at least two opportunities to catch a glimpse of the beloved steam locomotives – in Wiltshire in July. On two separate tours across the South West, Steam Dreams will travel vintage locomotives to Salisbury and Westbury between their destinations – giving Wiltshire trainspotters the chance to see them in action.

The program presents a kind of locomotive lottery as the steam trains for these journeys are “yet to be confirmed”, from Thursday (June 23). The locomotives listed will be updated on the Steam Dreams website as they are confirmed throughout the year, the website says.

Motive power will likely come from a pool of steam locomotives comprising; 61306 Mayflower, 34046 Braunton, 70000 Britannia, 46100 Royal Scot, 35028 Clan Line, 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley and various Black Fives.

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Wiltshire trainspotters will have the chance to spot or even board a locomotive on July 14, as part of a tour of the Hampshire countryside, departing from Salisbury station – which remains open for bookings .

Hop on or spot a Salisbury locomotive on July 14

The tour description reads: “Our scenery changes rapidly as we rush to the south coast, where observers can see Southampton Docks and the Solent. The train then turns inland and begins to head north, following the River Itchen to Eastleigh before returning to Salisbury.

“Perfect for those who want to enjoy steam without having to travel to a destination, this trip lets you sit back, relax, and experience the leisurely pace of steam travel.” Three fares are available: Pullman Style Dining £149 // Premier Dining £119 // Premium Standard £59.

The locomotive is due to leave Salisbury station on July 14 at 2pm and return to give spectators another show at 4.10pm.

Spot a locomotive from Salisbury or Westbury on July 18

Then, on July 28, engine enthusiasts can catch a glimpse of another prized locomotive as it travels from London Victoria Station to Bath, passing through the medieval town of Salisbury, Wiltshire, and the famous White Horse of Westbury.

The tour description reads: “Our journey begins at London Victoria Station when your steward welcomes you on board. Shortly after we cross Grosvenor Bridge over the River Thames, past the now disused Battersea Power Station, and through the suburbs and along the Thames Valley to Reading.

“From here we head into Hampshire before joining the West of England Line to Salisbury, with a chance to spot the iconic spire of Salisbury Cathedral as we pass. We continue past the Westbury White Horse and the hills of southern England. en route to Bath.”

Passengers will have the opportunity to explore Bath’s exquisite Roman and Georgian architecture before re-hopping and making their return journey to London Victoria. The description does not specify whether the return trip also goes through Wiltshire.

The locomotive will depart from London Victoria on July 28 at 8.45am, stopping at Staines at 9.35am, Slough at 9.45am, Ascot at 10am, Reading at 10.35am and Bath at 1.05pm. Steam Dreams does not identify what time the train will pass through Salisbury, but as the date approaches you can check the Real Time Trains website for up to date information on what time it is. intended.

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