The UK's Holiday Island and Dinosaur Capital of Great Britain, the Isle of Wight is the perfect destination at any time of year.
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Our journey begins at London's Victoria Station as your steward welcomes you aboard. Soon after, we cross Grosvenor Bridge over the River Thames, pass the now decommissioned Battersea Power Station and chug out through the suburbs towards Surrey. From here, we join the Brighton Main Line as far as Three Bridges. From Three bridges our route will either cut across Sussex, with wonderful views of the South Downs followed by distant views of Arundel Castle or continue along the Brighton Main Line through the High Weald and over the Ouse Valley Viaduct before heading west along the coastline from Hove. Both routes take us past Chichester before continuing into Hampshire to arrive into Portsmouth.
Upon arrival at Portsmouth the time is yours to explore the city at your leisure. We are offering optional transfers to the Isle of Wight and an excursion to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
After a wonderful break we meet at the station and will welcome you back on board for our homeward journey.
Dining passengers will be served a breakfast on the outward journey and an evening meal on the return journey.
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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