A thriving and vibrant maritime town, Harwich epitomises the great British seaside with its bright and colourful beach huts, blue flag beach, Victorian wooden Hapenny Pier and lighthouses
Dining passengers will be served brunch on the outward journey and a 2 course dinner on the return.
Fares for this tour start from £99 in Premium Standard, £179 in Premier Dining and £239 in Pullman Style Dining.
Volunteer guides from the Harwich Society will meet passengers outside of Harwich Town Railway Station when the train arrives. They will be available to take visitors on a tour of the historic town, which will include the Mayflower Visitor Centre and the house of Captain Christopher Jones (the Master of the Mayflower). The tour is free of charge but spaces are limited and passengers are advised to pre-book to avoid disappointment.
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in the 1970's. Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul.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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