Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Saloon

Queen Victoria’s Saloon


  • Transport Trust award winner
  • Subject of Channel 4’s Peter Snow’s Great Rail Restoration
  • The coach is also available for parties, weddings and corporate charter by telephoning Stephen or Jenny Middleton 01423 561965 or contact us using the form at the bottom

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway and Stately Trains are proud to offer the unique opportunity of a journey in Queen Victoria’s saloon.

Built for the London and South Western Railway’s Royal Train in 1885 it was altered to become Queen Victoria’s personal coach in her Golden Jubilee year, 1887.  She used it to travel from Waterloo to Gosport from where she journied on the Royal Yacht to the Isle of Wight to Osborne House.  Several European heads of state used the coach when making a state visit to Britain.

Following Queen Victoria’s death in 1901 it continued in Royal use for several years before being converted to a family saloon and eventually being sold as a body by the Southern Railway in 1930.  From then until the 1980’s it was a home for a gamekeeper before being moved to various sites for preservation.

Restored by Stately Trains at Embsay in 2017 it is being used on special trains to give passengers a taste of 19th century Royal travel.

Passengers may enjoy an assortment of delicacies that were Queen Victoria’s favourites while sipping a glass of champagne.  This is truly a unique opportunity and passenger numbers are limited to 18 per train. 


(All inclusive)

Hot beverages of fresh ground filter coffee or our freshly brewed tea

Delightfully fresh sandwich selection

Cream Tea (fresh scone served with clotted cream and strawberry jam)

Refills of our tea and coffee available on the return journey

Selection of cakes

Children can have fresh apple or orange juice (instead of tea/coffee) if they prefer



All food and drink and return ticket included.

Adults £49. Children (up to 15) £43.

2020 Afternoon Teas calendar

July 26th
August 2nd, 16th & 23rd
September 20th & 27th
October 4th & 11th

2020 Champagne breakfasts calendar

March 22nd (Mother’s Day)

June 21st (Father’s Day)

2020 departure times and stations

The Queen Victoria Royal saloon will form part of the Dales Dining catering train and is expected to be pulled by steam traction.  The train departs from Embsay station at 12.00pm, 1.30pm and 3.00pm.

The champagne breakfasts on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are available from Embsay at 9.30am and Bolton Abbey at 10.30am.

Queen Victoria’s Royal Saloon – Weddings or Private Charter Enquiry


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