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Lost Village of Imber & Steam

This superb tour takes us over the beautiful Salisbury Plain by vintage London Bus to the lost village of Imber. Begin your holiday in great style with a tour and tasting at the award winning Corinium Ales Brewery in the beautiful Cotswold Town of Cirencester. Steam on two heritage railways and scenic scheduled train journeys through the Golden Valley and along the Bank of the River Severn. We conclude by visiting STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway.

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5 days from £389



Thursday 19 August 2021



  • Vintage, Classic and Modern London Buses in the Wiltshire Countryside to the annual lost village of Imber Open Day

  • Steam Charter on the Somerset & Dorset Railway

  • A steam hauled trip on the Dean Forest Railway

  • Visit GWR Steam Museum in Swindon

  • Steam charter at Coate Water Park Railway

  • Travel on the scenic Golden Valley Railway


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 4 nights’ bed & breakfast

  • 1 Light lunch

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

  • All excursions and admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


We arrive in Swindon and make our way to the Travelodge Swindon Central, where after registering we transfer to picturesque Cirencester. We have time to explore before a welcome evening tour & tasting at the renowned real ale Corinium micro-brewery, then we return to Swindon where we are free to dine at leisure.


This morning we have a private visit for a steam charter at the extensive Coate Water Park Miniature Railway. This 7 ¼" gauge line winds its way around the country park on a ½ mile journey. Our coach then takes us into deepest Somerset to Midsomer Norton for a steam charter on the Somerset & Dorset Railway. We have the opportunity to ride on and photograph our steam charter and explore the museum at this beautifully restored railway station including a light lunch at the railway. Our coach then returns us to Swindon where the evening is again free to dine at leisure.

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We travel by train to Warminster to take the bus route which only runs once a year to the Lost Village of Imber. The residents of the village were moved out of their homes in 1943 to provide a training area for American troops preparing to invade Europe during the Second World War. However, after the war the residents were never allowed to return home and to this day the village is still used for military training. Many London Buses past and present will be running from Warminster to Imber throughout the day, in Imber you'll be able to see the abandoned houses and visit the historic church all of which can only be seen once a year. Light refreshments will be available at Imber and the other villages served by the buses. From Warminster we return to Swindon by train



Returning to the rails we travel by train up the Golden Valley to Gloucester, where we change trains for a journey beside the Severn Estuary to Lydney. At Lydney we cross the platform to the Dean Forest Railway for a steam hauled journey through the Forest of Dean to Parkend and return. We can break you journey at Norchard to visit the railway's museum or Lydney to explore this attractive little town. Recommencing our circular rail journey, we return to Swindon travelling along the banks of the River Severn to Newport and back to Swindon via the Severn Tunnel.



Before commencing our homeward journeys, we visit Swindon's STEAM Museum in the old Great Western Railway Works which has a fine collection of GWR steam locomotives.


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Travelodge Swindon Central, Swindon

Situated in the centre of Swindon, the Travelodge is ideally located for the railway station and STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway. The en-suite bedrooms offer modern facilities including flat screen TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel features a bar and café restaurant. Single travellers have sole occupancy of a double room.



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London: Terminal - Paddington



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Join & Leave at Hotel £409


£20 tour discount for holders of National Rail cards


Single Supplement £120


4 nights’ bed & breakfast

1 Light lunch

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

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