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London to Salisbury & Sherborne Carols

London to Salisbury & Sherborne Carols

Destinations   Salisbury    Sherborne    Yeovil Railway Centre

Yeovil Railway Centre

Yeovil Junction houses a collection of railway memorabilia at the Yeovil Railway Centre. The steam locomotives are turned here on the original turntable, serviced and topped up with coal and water for the return trips, which is fascinating to watch.

Trip Specific Information

Please note this tour now starts at London Victoria and returns to London Waterloo.

Be part of history and join us as we celebrate twenty years of Steam Dreams with this commemorative trip from London to Salisbury, retracing the route of our first trip back in December 1999. All passengers will receive a commemorative gift and souvenir brochure onboard.

Enjoy a specially organised carol service in the famous Sherborne Abbey, thought of by many as the finest building in Dorset, with its glorious fan vaulting.

Proudly returning to the historic Guildhall Square for its 8th consecutive year, the Salisbury Christmas Market will see the return of many award-winning exhibitors and products.

Fares for this tour start from £99 in Premium Standard, £149 in First Class, £199 in Premier Dining and £249 in Pullman Style Dining.

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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in the 1970's. Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul.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 Waterloo NA 2215
London Victoria 1045 NA
Woking 1220 2045
Salisbury 1400 1850
Sherborne 1510 1750
Yeovil Railway Centre 1530 1740


London to Salisbury & Sherborne Carols


Tuesday 17th December 2019


London Waterloo , London Victoria , Woking , Salisbury

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