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The Capitals Express to Edinburgh

The Capitals Express to Edinburgh

Destination   Edinburgh


Edinburgh is described by Prince Charles as one of the Worlds most beautiful cities and was recently voted one of the top ten cities in the World by Expedia.


Fares from
Pullman Style Dining £899
Premier Dining £699
Premium Standard £369

Please note these fares do not include hotel accommodation. Hotel accommodation can be booked independently or through the Booking Office on 01483 209888.


Trip Specific Information


- Travel via the Settle & Carlisle Railway on the outward journey and via the Border Bridge on the return journey.
- Please note this trip is expected to be diesel hauled on the outward journey between London and Hellifield and on the return journey between York and London.
- Depart from London on day one (Thursday 16th June) and return on day four (Sunday 19th June).
- 3 nights in Edinburgh
- Book hotels and porterage with Steam Dreams or independently. Hotels booked through Steam Dreams are on a bed and breakfast basis.


Built for the London & North Eastern Railway, 61306 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 was given the name 'Mayflower' in 1970 by the then owner to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the sailing of the original Mayflower from Plymouth. She 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Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul.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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This trip will depart from and return to London Kings Cross. 

The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion

Estimated Timings Outward Return
London 0845 2040
Edinburgh 2130 0915


The Capitals Express to Edinburgh


Thursday 16th June 2022



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