This historic cathedral city stands on the banks of the River Severn and the magnificent Cathedral, dating back to the 11th century, is the burial place of infamous King John and offers unequalled views of the Malvern Hills and Cotswolds from its tower.
Premier Dining or Pullman Style Dining passengers joining at Oxford or travelling to Oxford will receive a two course meal on the return journey.
This trip will be diesel hauled between West London and the Bluebell Railway on the return journey.
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 acquired by the Boden family in 1978 and has always been kept in 'exhibition' condition. Under new ownership Mayflower will be operating on the main line for the first time in over twenty years. She carries the early British Railways apple green livery as she was originally given when delivered in 1948.
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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