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61306 Mayflower

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61306 Mayflower

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in the 1970's. Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul.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.

London to Winchester - Mother's Day Special
Sunday 14th March 2021

  • Departs: Sunday 14th March 2021
  • From: London Paddington , Slough
Adult from £79pp
Child from £67pp

Hampshire & Sussex Tour - Mother's Day Special
Sunday 14th March 2021

  • Departs: Sunday 14th March 2021
  • From: Winchester , Eastleigh
Adult from £49pp
Child from £42pp

East Anglia to Lincoln
Saturday 10th April 2021

  • Departs: Saturday 10th April 2021
  • From: Chelmsford , Witham , Colchester , Ipswich , Bury St Edmunds , Ely
Adult from £109pp
Child from £93pp

London to York
Tuesday 4th May 2021

  • Departs: Tuesday 4th May 2021
  • From: London Kings Cross , Potters Bar , Stevenage , Peterborough
Adult from £119pp
Child from £101pp