Embark on a magical adventure by steam with a chance to meet Santa on board! As our steam-hauled train takes us around London, children will meet Santa and his elves and receive a gift.
Image ©The Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway
This unique journey from London Victoria takes passengers across Grosvenor Bridge and past the now decommissioned Battersea Power Station. We chug through the neighbourhoods of Barnes, Chiswick and Richmond before returning to London Victoria. The train is not due to stop along the way.
For this trip, there are two classes of travel to choose from: Standard Class and First Class.
In Standard Class, seating is in 1960s open carriages with large picture windows. The carriage has individual seating around tables of four. All children aged 2 plus will receive a drink, sweet treat and a gift from Santa. Tea and Coffee will be served to all adults. Snacks and beverages may be purchased from waiting staff.
In First Class, passengers are seated in 1950s or 1960s carriages with wood panelling, comfortable seats, table lamps and curtains at the windows. They provide our most comfortable seats with the most leg room and the atmosphere evokes memories of a bygone era. Children will be welcomed on board with a drink and sweet treat before meeting Santa and his helpers with their bag of gifts for all children aged 2 plus. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served to all adults.
Built for the London & North Eastern Railway, 61306 Mayflower 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 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.
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