Join them on this train that will leave London Paddington early on Saturday morning for the scenic journey, with a nostalgic steam hauled train, to the attractive cities of Bath and Gloucester.

You can chose to alight at Bath or carry on to Gloucester.

They depart from London Paddington steam hauled by their allocated steam locomotive from the Carnforth based pool and make their way out of the Capital along the Great Western Railway main line.

They pick up at Slough and then make their way to Reading where they pick up further passengers.

Taking the Berks & Hants line after Reading, they follow the valley of the river Kennet through to Newbury, their final pick up station, where they will pass the Racecourse.

At Hungerford, they leave the Kennet behind and follow the Kennet & Avon canal through the Savernake Forest.

The gradient steepens for the long climb to Savernake Summit before they enter the attractive Vale of Pewsey and head for Westbury.

Approaching Westbury, they pass the famous White Horse carved in the chalk of the hillside.

They shall soon catch sight of the Georgian city of Bath as they approach the well-kept Bath Spa station, which is conveniently close to the city centre.

The afternoon is free to explore the city, which is noted for its splendid Georgian buildings, attractive riverside setting and its fine Abbey.

Also, take time to explore the Roman Baths and its warm waters in the Pump House buildings.

Bath has many shops around its central location to tempt shoppers, along with restaurants catering for all tastes.

Meanwhile their train continues to Gloucester another fascinating destination for those who wish to explore this fine city instead.

The 11th century cathedral, noted for its Romanesque and Gothic architecture, is located in the centre of the city

 It historic maritime connections are centred around the Gloucester Docks, with the National Waterways Museum celebrating the city’s industrial past with canal boats and waterway life.

The city is also a fine destination for shopping and eating out.

Their steam locomotive will be serviced at Gloucester before they return to Bath and London Paddington steam hauled.

They stop to pick up those passengers who opted to visit the city of Bath.

They return by the route of their outward journey, stopping at the same stations for passengers to alight. 

Their arrival back in London’s Paddington station will signal the conclusion of a varied and interesting day out.

The Bath and Gloucester Steam Express
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