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Online - The Welsh Dragon 2024

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  • Day 1 - London Paddington to Pwlhelli, steam hauled between London and Shrewsbury via the Chilterns. Diesel hauled from Shrewsbury to Pwllheli along the Cambrian Coast
  • 3 nights in Snowdonia
  • Days 2 and 3 - In Snowdonia at leisure.  Optional excursions will be available to book in early 2024 (supplements apply).
  • Day 4 – North Wales to Cardiff, steam hauled between Holyhead and Crewe along the North Wales Coast. Diesel hauled from Crewe over the Central Wales Line to Cardiff.
  • 1 night in Cardiff
  • Day 5 - Cardiff to London Paddington. Morning at leisure in Cardiff followed by a steam hauled return to London Paddington via the Severn Estuary & Golden Valley.

Destination   Pwllheli


Pwllheli is a market town and community of the Llyn Peninsula in Gwynedd, north-western Wales.
It boasts two Blue Flag beaches, Penarth Fawr (a 15th-century house) and a modern marina but is best known as the terminus of the Cambrian Coast Railway.


Fares from
Premium Standard (non-dining) £995

Prices stated per person

Price includes:

3 days travel by private charter train over Britain’s most stunning railway lines, hauled by a mix of vintage steam and diesel locomotives.

4 night’s hotel accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis (based on sharing a double or twin room, for single occupancy supplements apply - detailed below).

Coach transfers between the train and hotels (when required).

Luggage courier service throughout, transporting all luggage directly to and from hotel rooms.

A team of helpful staff both on board the train and at all hotels to ensure a memorable and enjoyable journey with us.

Pullman Dining passengers only:

Pullman Dining passengers will dine on the train on days 1, 4 & 5 to suit journey times.

Wine will be served with the main meal on each day (1, 4 & 5).

Pullman Dining passengers will be served dinner in the hotel on days 2 and 3.

Access to the luxurious Mt Helicon Bar Car with lounge style seating, to mingle with travel companions and indulge in a drink from the Hippocrene Bar.

First Class passengers only:

First Class passengers will be served dinner in the hotel on day 1.


Optional Extras:


Hotel supplements for sole occupancy

For single passengers there is a hotel single supplement to pay of £550 in Pullman Dining£495 in First Class or £325 in Premium Standard.

Optional on board seating extras

In Pullman Dining and First Class groups of two have the option to book a Private Table for Two or a Luxury Private Table for Two on the train. On Private Tables for Two passengers are seated on a seperate two seat table accross the aisle from a four seat table which will be occupied by four other passengers. These are available for an additional £600 per table in Pullman Dining or £500 per table in First Class. On Luxury Private Table for Two a four seat table is reserved exclusively for the use of two passengers providing additional privacy, space and comfort. This table is accross the aisle from a regular two seat table which will be occupied by two other passengers. Luxury Private Tables for Two are available for an additional £1200 per table in Pullman Dining or £1000 per table in First Class.

Inclusive seating in all classes is at four seat tables sharing with other passengers.

Optiona Excursions

A choice of optional excursions. (Final details about optional excursions including supplements will be confirmed in early 2024)


Hotel Information:

North Wales/Snowdonia & Anglesey

Pullman Dining –  Portmeirion Estate: Choose* from staying in Castell Deudraeth, the Italianate Village or the original hotel building.

First Class – Chateau Rhianfa

Premium Standard - Grade II listed Bull’s Head in Beaumaris



Pullman Dining – Choose* from the New House Country Hotel just outside Cardiff or The Parkgate Hotel in the city centre

First Class – The Parkgate Hotel or similar

Premium Standard – a centrally located Premier Inn or similar


* Subject to availability; limited rooms are available at each location, the Steam Dreams office will be in contact to discuss available hotel options and your selection before confirming your booking. Please note if booking over the weekend or during a holiday period contact will not occur until at least the next working day when the office is open.


This trip will feature a variety of heritage steam and diesel traction.

On steam hauled portions of the journey listed below the locomotives used are likely to be from the following selection: 34046 'Braunton', 46100 'Royal Scot', 60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley' or 70000 'Britannia'.

Details of planned traction of each day are as follows:
Day 1 - London to Shrewsbury - Steam Hauled, Shrewsbury to Pwllheli - Two Network Rail Class 97 Diesels.
Day 4 - Holyhead to Crewe - Steam Hauled, Crewe to Cardiff - Two Class 37 or Class 20 Diesels. Day 5 - Cardiff to London - Steam Hauled.

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The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion

Estimated Timings Outward Return
London Paddington 0800 1900
Porthmadog 1910 NA
Pwllheli 1935 NA
Holyhead 0930 NA
Bangor 1000 NA
Llandudno 1020 NA
Cardiff 2100 1300


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Sunday 15th September 2024


London Paddington

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