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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in the 1970's. Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul.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 York St Nicholas Fair
Sunday 17th November 2019

  • Departs: Sunday 17th November 2019
  • From: London Kings Cross , West Hampstead , Alexandra Palace , Potters Bar , Stevenage , Peterborough
Adult from £119pp
Child from £101pp

Surrey to Bath Christmas Market
Friday 29th November 2019

  • Departs: Friday 29th November 2019
  • From: West Brompton , Clapham Junction , Cheam , Leatherhead , Effingham Jct , Guildford , Petersfield , Salisbury
Adult from £109pp
Child from £93pp

London to Bath Christmas Market
Sunday 1st December 2019

  • Departs: Sunday 1st December 2019
  • From: London Paddington , Slough , Reading
Adult from £109pp
Child from £93pp

North Kent & Ashford to London & Windsor Carols
Tuesday 3rd December 2019

  • Departs: Tuesday 3rd December 2019
  • From: Borough Green & Wrotham , Maidstone East , Charing , Ashford International (Kent) , Folkestone West , Canterbury East , Faversham , Rainham (Kent) , Bromley South , Shepherd's Bush
Adult from £109pp
Child from £93pp

Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire to Winchester
Thursday 12th December 2019

  • Departs: Thursday 12th December 2019
  • From: Chinnor , Princes Risborough , Bicester Village , Oxford Parkway
Adult from £109pp
Child from £93pp

London to Oxford & Stratford Carols
Sunday 15th December 2019

  • Departs: Sunday 15th December 2019
  • From: London Waterloo , Staines , Ascot , Reading , Oxford
Adult from £109pp
Child from £93pp

London to Salisbury & Sherborne Carols
Tuesday 17th December 2019

  • Departs: Tuesday 17th December 2019
  • From: London Waterloo , Woking , Salisbury
Adult from £109pp
Child from £93pp

White Cliffs Lunchtime Tour
Friday 20th December 2019

  • Departs: Friday 20th December 2019
  • From: London Victoria , Bromley South , Swanley (Kent)
Adult from £89pp
Child from £76pp