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Berkshire & Hampshire to Bath & West Somerset

Berkshire & Hampshire to Bath & West Somerset

Destinations   Salisbury    Bath    Bristol    Minehead - West Somerset Railway

Minehead - West Somerset Railway

With views of the Somerset coastline and the Quantock Hills this heritage railway is the longest independant line in Britain and is the perfect destination travelling through rolling hills, unspoilt villages and past cliffs and coast to the sea.

Trip Specific Information

This trip will be steam hauled on the outward journey and diesel hauled on the return.

Dining passengers boarding or alighting at Westbury, Bath or Bristol will receive a reduced meal service on the return journey.

Connections for passengers wishing to join the train from London Waterloo or Woking can be arranged. This escorted service would be available for a £25 or £15 supplement respectively.

Fares to Bath or Bristol start from £99 in Premium Standard, £149 in First Class, £199 in Premier Dining and £259 in Pullman Style Dining

Fares to the West Somerset Railway start from £109 in Premium Standard, £159 in First Class, £209 in Premier Dining and £269 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in the 1970's. Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul.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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The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion

Estimated Timings Outward Return
Maidenhead 0800 2240
Twyford 0810 2225
Reading 0825 2205
Basingstoke 0855 2140
Andover 0940 2120
Salisbury 1015 2055
Westbury 1050 2020
Bath 1120 1950
Bristol 1155 1935
Bishops Lydeard 1315 1815
Minehead - West Somerset Railway 1500 1630


Berkshire & Hampshire to Bath & West Somerset


Tuesday 16th April 2019


Maidenhead , Twyford , Reading , Basingstoke , Andover , Salisbury , Westbury , Bath Spa , Bristol Temple Meads

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