Romance of steam train travel returns to Lewes

THE first steam train to start a journey from Lewes Railway Station since electrification of the lines in 1967 sets off on a magical day trip on July 14.

For the first time ever, local people will be able to join The Cathedrals Express from the town’s station to visit Cambridge or Ely.

To celebrate this inaugural trip, the Mayor and Mayoress of Lewes, Cllr John Stockdale and his wife Rebecca, will be joining the train for its first leg from Lewes to Redhill. MP Norman Baker MP is also planning on boarding the train for its first leg.

The Cathedrals Express will leave Lewes at approximately 9am and arrive at Cambridge at around 1pm and Ely at 1.30pm. Passengers will be able to explore, shop or sight-see in either or these lovely cities and the train will return via London to Lewes by around 9.30pm.

The locomotive hauling the train will be the 60-year-old 70000 Britannia. Britannia was the locomotive used to pull the funeral train of King George VI from Norfolk to London and was owned at one time by well-known songwriter and railway enthusiast, Pete Waterman.

Passengers joining the train at Lewes have five different travel options to choose from: two full dining options (pullman style and premier dining), first class, super standard and standard.

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 as it thunders through the countryside at speeds of up to 75mph 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.”

Prices for this nostalgic day trip range from £79.50 to £209 per person.

For bookings contact The Cathedrals Express on 01483 209888 or visit the website on