A chance to travel by steam across The Forth Bridge, one of the engineering masterpieces of Britain.
|Pullman Style Dining||£259|
Dining passengers will be welcomed on board with a glass of Champagne before being served a three course evening meal.
Join us on rare and beautiful trip featuring one of the great railway engineering masterpieces of the world, The Forth Bridge. This tour departs Edinburgh Waverley and takes us over the towering structure of the Forth Bridge, with striking views across to the road bridge and out to sea. We will then head in to Fife and make our way along the coast towards Kirkcaldy, passing the Castle and beach at Aberdour and the beaches at Burntisland and Kinghorn, before turning back inland via Dunfermline.
The train will then head along the Forth Estuary onto a rarely used goods only line which has stunning views. This part of the route takes us along more than 5 miles of coastline, with passing the historic village of Culross and the edge of Torry Bay Local Nature Reserve. We then pass through Alloa and along the reopened route to Stirling, looping round the Western end of the estuary. Having crossed the Forth River at Stirling we head south through Falkirk, arriving back to Edinburgh before the sun sets.
Built for the London & North Eastern Railway, 61306 is one of two surviving B1 Class locomotives.
The B1's were designed as mixed traffic locomotives capable of hauling express passenger trains as well as freight traffic. As powerful, go anywhere engines, the B1's worked across most of the UK rail network from East Anglia to Scotland.
Mayflower was built in 1948 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow but was delivered post-nationalisation and acquired the number 61306 by British Railways. She was first allocated to Hull Botanic Gardens Depot followed by a spell at Hull Dairycotes Depot before being finally transferred to Low Moor Depot, Bradford. She was the last B1 in service, her final trip was hauling the 'Yorkshire Pullman' from Leeds in September 1967.
Mayflower was immediately purchased for preservation and was initially based at Steamtown in Carnforth. She was fully restored for mainline operation and was given the name 'Mayflower' in 1970 by the then owner to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the sailing of the original Mayflower from Plymouth. She worked a number of railtours in the 1970's.
Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul. Resplendent in the early British Railways apple green livery as she was originally given when delivered in 1948 she returned to full mainline operation in early 2019.
Mayflower has two cylinders, 6 driving wheels, a firebox grate area of 30 square feet and can operate at 75mph.
Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the trips listed, it cannot be guaranteed.