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Southend to The Bluebell Railway

Southend to The Bluebell Railway

Destination   The Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway was the first preserved standard gauge passenger line in the world.The railway line takes you from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park, cutting through the beautiful Sussex Weald.

Trip Specific Information

At Kingscote, passengers will alight our train to board the Bluebell Railway's own vintage carriages for the beautiful journey with views of the local woodland and carpets of bluebells. The cost of this is included in your ticket.

There is also the option to join an excursion to Sheffield Park and Gardens for a £20 supplement per person. Spring means colour at the gardens, where dramatic views are around every bend and scent fills hidden glades. Discover the garden as the buds burst forth and you can start to feel the warmth of the sun again as you take in the views.

Fares for this tour start from £119 in Premium Standard, £169 in First Class, £219 in Premier Dining and £279 in Pullman Style Dining

To see a description of the classes of travel, click here

This trip will be diesel hauled from West London to Southend on the return journey.

Due to a lack of turning facilities at the Bluebell Railway, our train will reverse South of London and our diesel engine will haul the train between South London and Kingscote on the outward 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 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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The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion

Estimated Timings Outward Return
Southend East 0745 2313
Rainham (Essex) 0830 2224
Upminster TBC
Barking 0840 2214
Stratford (London) TBC
The Bluebell Railway 1435 1635


Southend to The Bluebell Railway


Saturday 23rd March 2019


Southend East , Rainham (Essex) , Barking

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