Follow in the footsteps of Harwich's own Mariner, Christopher Jones, and travel with Mayflower on an exciting journey. The route takes us along the 'Mayflower Line' to Manningtree, then travelling towards Ipswich and round to Felixstowe before returning.
New ground for Steam Dreams, the route takes us along The Mayflower Line to Manningtree here we reverse joining the Great Eastern Main Line to Ipswich. From here, we take the Felixstowe Branch Line and steam to the end of the line at Felixstowe including a section of the freight line from Felixstowe Beach Junction to Felixstowe Creek Sidings, which is normally not accessible to passenger trains. After visiting both Felixstowe Creek Sidings and Felixstowe Town station we retrace our route back to Harwich.
For this route several reversals are required, to facilitate this the train will "top'n'tailed" with Mayflower on one end and a diesel locomotive on the other. This trip will be steam hauled when travelling away from London and diesel hauled when travelling towards London.
Fares start from £69 in Premium Standard, £125 in Premier Dining and £159 in Pullman Style Dining.
Dining passengers will be served a Champagne Cream Tea.
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in the 1970's. Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul.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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