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About Us

Our Story

Born out of a passion for steam trains, Steam Dreams is the brainchild of steam train enthusiast Marcus Robertson, whose mother wrote The Wombles. His ambition to evoke the era of luxury steam travel was realised on Thursday, 16th December 1999, when over 150 passengers boarded a train at Waterloo station for a day out to Salisbury. Since its inception in that year, Steam Dreams Rail Co has gone from strength to strength and now welcomes over 20,000 passengers on board each year on over 50 trips and stops at 60 stations across the UK.

In December 2018, The Steam Dreams Rail Co. was acquired by locomotive owner David Buck. With a passion for steam travel and as the owner of one of the UK's most recognisable locomotives, David bought a new energy to the business along with exciting plans including regular summer itineraries. These new summer steam train itineraries, under their 'Steam Express' brand, were launched in 2019 with one-way trips to Windsor and evening dining trains from London. Find out about the special Steam Express trips here.

In addition to the popular day trips, Steam Dreams also offers a number of UK Holidays by steam including journeys to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and short breaks to Edinburgh, Wales, The Lake District and Cornwall. In the past they have also offered holidays to Europe to Ireland and Mainland Europe. In 2024, the company is also planning on embarking on the most adventurous steam hauled trip of modern times with a journey by steam across the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Find out more about the holidays by clicking here.

 

Our Philosophy 

Our mission is "To provide unique and magical steam train trips, capturing the spirit of a bygone era whilst maintaining modern standards; delivering outstanding customer service, across all classes, so our valued customers leave with happy memories and a smile.”

We place our customers at the heart of the planning for every journey, with trips designed to combine the nostalgia of steam travel in atmospheric vintage carriages with beautiful countryside, fascinating destinations and great food and wine. We are always looking into offering new experiences and different destinations, while still keeping the essential friendly and personal touches that make The Steam Dreams Rail Co. so special.

We were the first rail charter to be carbon neutral back in 2008, and we are proud of our commitment to ensure our trains do not damage the environment. Last year we also undertook a long term project to improve the recycling facilities both on and off the train and to power our static production kitchen with sustainable energy. 

 

Would you like to join our team? If you share our commitment to customer service and unique travel experiences, take a look at our current roles here