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London to Oxford & Stratford-on-Avon - postponed

London to Oxford & Stratford-on-Avon - postponed


Destinations   Oxford    Warwick    Stratford upon Avon



Stratford upon Avon

Synonymous with Shakespeare, whose birthplace incorporates a museum illustrating his life, Stratford is also home to the Royal Shakespeare Company, the River Avon and Holy Trinity church, where Shakespeare is buried.



Trip Specific Information


Due to the recommended preventative measures stated in the Government?s broadcast earlier this week, we have taken the difficult decision that in the interests of the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and passengers we are postponing our planned trips in March and April.

We have written to all passengers with further details and travel options.

Many thanks for your understanding in this unprecedented situation.


Locomotive



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in the 1970's. Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul.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 Paddington 0945 2150
Slough 1020 2110
Reading 1045 2040
Oxford 1200 1950
Warwick 1300 1830
Stratford upon Avon 1415 1805


Trip:

London to Oxford & Stratford-on-Avon - postponed

Departs:

Thursday 23rd April 2020

From:

London Paddington , Slough , Reading , Oxford

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