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5 of the Best British Steam Light Winter Train Journeys to Book Today

Looking for a spectacular winter adventure? Then book a trip on one of these amazing illuminated steam trains. A cold winter’s night has never been so appealing…

Travel in style on a Severn Valley Steam in Lights train

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Enjoy a winter treat on board one of Severn Valley’s Steam in Lights trains. You’ll need to get your camera ready as the train comes into the station festooned with thousands of colourful lights. Once on board, keep your eyes peeled for amazing displays of magical creatures, mystical auroras and snow flurries. Departures are available at 4.30pm, 6.30pm, 8.30pm and you will sit in your own compartment within your bubble. The train ride is approximately one hour.

Fares: Table for two, £40-44; compartment for four people, £80-£90; compartment for six people, £120-£130

Dates: December 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23

Trip the light fantastic on the Bluebell Railway

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Get on board one of the Bluebell Railway’s fantastic Steam Lights trains and enjoy a seasonal lights spectacular. On board this one-and-a-half-hour journey you’ll get to enjoy music and narration as you travel by train through the countryside in your own compartment. At Horsted Keynes Station you’ll get to disembark for 30 minutes to take photos of your light-covered train.

Fares: Third class compartments for up to 8 people, £120; first class compartments for up to 6 people, £150

Dates: See site for latest info

Ride on a Steam Illuminations train on the Watercress Line

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Steam Illuminations is the world’s first pixel mappable digital LED train which means you’ll enjoy an incredible light show both on and in a steam train. On the 10-mile journey you will have a chance to see the outside of the train at the start, middle and end of your journey so you can take great photos. Everyone on board is given an LED wristband (included in the price of your ticket) which you’ll get to wear on the train and take home after the event. Trains depart from either Alresford or Alton and complete a round trip, back to the starting station.

Fares: table for 2, £45; table for 4, £88; carriage for up to six, £140, family of 4, £75

Dates: 11-23 December; 27-31 December; 1-3 January 2021

Step on board the Epping Ongar Light Fantastic

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This a great winter experience you won’t want to miss. On a one-hour journey on the Epping Ongar line you’ll get to enjoy travelling on an illuminated train with specially lit-up lineside displays.

Fares: £20 per person

Dates: Selected dates from 9 December to 10 January

Hop on board the Norfolk Lights Express

Travel through beautiful North Norfolk countryside to enjoy this fantastic wintertime experience. As you travel you will enjoy an atmospheric soundtrack that is tailored to the journey.

Fares: £16 pp

Dates: Various – see website for details