First steam train chugs out of Lewes Station since 1967

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LEWES VIPs joined local travellers on an historic journey.

MP Norman Baker and Mayor Cllr John Stockdale were aboard the first steam train to start a journey from Lewes Railway Station since electrification of the lines in 1967.

They joined the Cathedrals Express on the first leg of its magical day trip to visit Cambridge or Ely.

Passengers from Lewes were able to explore, shop or sight-see in either city.

The locomotive hauling the train was the 60-year-old 70000 Britannia, which pulled the funeral train of King George VI from Norfolk to London.

Marcus Robertson, Chairman of the Cathedrals Express, said: “It is always really exciting to bring a steam train to a new route. The interest and enthusiasm from passengers to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a steam train is wonderful.”

“And the idea of travelling in style, being looked after by our friendly and efficient staff while enjoying superb food and drink, just seems to strike a chord with the public.”