This Olympic venue has become a summer favourite with Steam Dreams
Weymouth's Georgian seafront is an impressive backdrop to the long arc of fine, golden sand. Other attractions include the Nothe Fort, a nearby Victorian fortress.
This trip will be diesel-led on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough railway, and between Weymouth and Southampton in one direction.
Optional excursions are available on this trip from Wareham to Corfe, Swanage and The Swanage Railway. At Corfe Castle Station Flying Scotsman will be on Static Display in the station yard. For more details and prices for each excursion please see the optional extras page when booking.
Fares for this tour start from £119 in Premium Standard, £169 in First Class, £219.00 in Premier Dining and £279.00 in Pullman Style Dining
To see a description of the classes of travel, click here
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in the 1970's. Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul.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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