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Southend to Oxford at Christmas

Southend to Oxford at Christmas


Destination   Oxford



Oxford

The City of Dreaming Spires is a must-see destination with its world-famous universities and musuems. Add to this the beautiful River Thames winding through the city and lovely parks & gardens and the main problem will be deciding how to spend your time.



Fares

Fares from
Pullman Style Dining £279
Premier Dining £219
Premium Standard £119


Trip Specific Information


This trip will start out, steam hauled, from Southend and head along the Thames Estuary towards London, picking up passengers at Upminster and Barking on the way. We skirt the Capital and join the Great Western Main Line, crossing the Thames several times before reaching Didcot. From here we join the Cherwell Valley Line to Oxford.
On the return journey, this trip will be be diesel-hauled between West London and Southend East. The carriages stay the same.


TRAVELLING SAFELY

We fully expect to operate this trip with our usual level of service. Please rest assured we are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment on board, whilst adhering to Public Health regulations. We will be in touch with all customers prior to your trip, with further information about what to expect on board and what to bring with you.


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in the 1970's. Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul.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
Southend East 0905 2150
Upminster 0940 2100
Barking 1000 2045
Oxford 1440 1700


Trip:

Southend to Oxford at Christmas

Departs:

Thursday 10th December 2020

From:

Southend East , Upminster , Barking

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