The magical Christmas steam train travelling from Southend to a festive market – Essex Live

A magical steam train will be travelling through Essex and taking people to a Christmas Market.

The Steam Dreams Rail company have announced an exciting train journey from Southend to the Oxford Christmas markets.

Using the newest steam engine on the national network, the 60163 Tornado, visitors will be transported through Essex to the beautiful and historic city of Oxford where they can explore the Christmas market stalls.

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Visitors will be able to enjoy the festive tunes of Christmas carols from choirs as they browse the handmade gifts and decorations – as well as enjoying a mulled wine or two.

The diesel-hauled train leaves from Southend East on Thursday, December 9, with a number of carriages.

Guests can book the Pullman-style dining for £279, the Premier Dining for £219 or the Premium Standard for £119.

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The 60163 Tornado was first steamed in 2008 after a 19-year project funding and building the locomotive.

It is the 50th A1 – the original 49 A1s being built for the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) between 1948 and 1949.

The Tornado has three cylinders, six driving wheels and is capable of achieving speeds in excess of 100mph.

The pick-up and set-down times

Christmas shopping

Southend East

Outward: 09.05

Return: 21.50

Upminster

Outward: 09.40

Return: 21.00

Oxford

Outward: 14.40

Return 17.00

You can find out more and book tickets here.

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