About The Steam Dreams Rail Co.

Under new leadership, having been acquired in December 2018 by locomotive owner David Buck, Steam Dreams Rail Co are delighted to be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Since its inception in 1999, Steam Dreams Rail Co has gone from strength to strength and now welcomes over 19,000 passengers on board each year on over 50 trips and stop at 100 stations across the UK.

With a passion for steam trains and as the owner of one of the UK’s most recognisable engines, David has bought a new energy to the business along with exciting plans for 2019 and beyond. Passengers can expect to see more regular itineraries, double headed trips and B1 Mayflower out on the tracks again! Having spent the best part of the 3 years having her fully restored, owner David Buck is delighted she will be heading up the majority of Steam Dreams trips along with old favourites such as the Black Fives and Jubilee Class engines – of course not forgetting Flying Scotsman!

Steam Dreams Founder, Marcus Robertson (left), shakes hands with new owner, David Buck (right)

With well thought-out itineraries to some of the UK’s finest Cathedral cities, stunning coastal resorts, beautiful gardens and nostalgic heritage lines, the passenger experience is always at the forefront of our minds. Each journey is meticulously planned, not only to take in beautiful countryside but also to present the most challenging routes for the many different locomotives. These elements, combined with the exceptional on-board menus and dining experiences ensure that our passengers can enjoy the very best of luxury steam travel and escape to a bygone era.

Find out more about our award-winning customer service here.

Since those early days, the basic principles have remained the same, whilst we continue to strive to bring new itineraries and improve our service wherever possible. For instance, we now offer two classes of dining – Pullman Style and Premier Dining – and our Premium Standard passengers are served tea & coffee at their seats.

Find out more about the service on board here.

Pullman Style Dining

We are always looking into new destinations and trying to source different locomotives, while still keeping the essential friendly and personal touches that make The Cathedrals Express so special.

Find out more about joining our team here.

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The Steam Dreams Team on The Cathedrals Explorer 2014

In addition to the traditional day trips, Steam Dreams started offering 3 and 4 day breaks to Scotland, Cornwall and Wales. They launched Holidays by Steam with the first Cathedrals Explorer 8 day holiday in 2010, and The Emerald Isle Explorer, the first extended steam-hauled excursion around Ireland in modern times, launched in 2015.

Find out more about our holidays here.

Emerald Isle Explorer day 1
The Emerald Isle Explorer in Dublin

The Cathedrals Express was the first rail charter to be carbon neutral and we are proud of our commitment to counteract the damage caused to the environment by our trains. Find out more here.

We hope to see you on one of our trips soon!

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Cecil Bingham says:

    Do you do tours in Ireland? I noticed a picture taken in Dublin.

    Cecil & Irenee Bingham

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Cecil,
      We do run tours in Ireland! There are none this year but will restart next year. Keep an eye on our website for further details


  2. Philip Taylor says:

    Hi there,Will Oliver Cromwell still being doing St David’s day tour to Cardiff on March 1st.
    Thank You


    1. Hi Phillip it is indeed and is planned to be moved down from Norwich to London on Wednesday evening in time for the trip.


  3. dyl thomas says:

    is the olvier cromwell still running today due to the weather if so what time will it be arriving in cardiff


    1. Hi there unfortunately the trip has been postponed due to the poor weather forecast and weather warnings. The trip has been rescheduled to Thursday 14 June.


  4. John Hall says:

    I like your revamped steamdreams.co.uk website. One thing that one could do before that doesn’t seem to be possible now is to login. Doing so was useful, as it allowed one to see details of all the trips one had already booked.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi John thanks so much for the feedback! We are hoping to add a login function soon, which will allow you to view and amend your booking, pay a balance on a booking and order brochures online. Keep your eyes peeled!


  5. George Holmes says:

    Will any of your trips be picking up from Northampton or Rugby.?


    1. They will indeed – our next trip from Rugby will be on Saturday 15 September to the Cumbrian Coast


      1. George Holmes says:

        Thank you for the information ,unfortunately I am booked out that date. I will keep looking as I have enjoyed your outings.


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