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London to Cambridge, Ely & Lowestoft

London to Cambridge, Ely & Lowestoft

Destinations   Cambridge    Ely    Lowestoft


Sitting proudly in the northernmost part of The Suffolk Coast is Lowestoft. Famous for being the most easterly town and the first place to see the sunrise in the UK, it's also the birthplace of composer Benjamin Britten.

Trip Specific Information

This train will be diesel hauled between Norwich and Lowestoft on the outward journey.

Dining passengers travelling to or from Ely and Cambridge will receive a reduced meal service

Fares for this tour 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in the 1970's. Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul.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
London Kings Cross 0835 2100
Hertford North 0915 2015
Stevenage 0930 1955
Cambridge 1010 1845
Ely 1130 1825
Brundall 1320 1630
Lowestoft 1400 1600
Great Yarmouth 1415 1600


London to Cambridge, Ely & Lowestoft


Saturday 31st August 2019


London Kings Cross , Hertford North , Stevenage , Cambridge , Ely

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