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London to Corfe Castle & Swanage

London to Corfe Castle & Swanage

Destinations   Bournemouth    Corfe    Swanage


The award winning sandy beaches of Swanage make this traditional Victorian town a great family day out set at the heart of Purbeck, and built around a beautiful bay sheltered from the north by Ballard Down and at the south, Peveril Point.

Trip Specific Information

This trip will be diesel hauled between Swanage and Southampton in one direction.

Fares for this tour start from £109 in Premium Standard, £159 in First Class, £209 in Premier Dining and £269 in Pullman Style Dining.


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in the 1970's. Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul.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 Victoria 0845 2209
Egham 0938 2114
Woking 1004 2046
Winchfield 1027 2022
Basingstoke 1052 1951
Southampton 1153 1821
Bournemouth 1250 1747
Corfe 1337 1651
Swanage 1359 1635


London to Corfe Castle & Swanage


Thursday 26th September 2019


London Victoria , Egham , Woking , Winchfield , Basingstoke , Southampton Central , Bournemouth

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