This Olympic venue has become a summer favourite with Steam Dreams
Weymouth's Georgian seafront is an impressive backdrop to the long arc of fine, golden sand. Other attractions include the Nothe Fort, a nearby Victorian fortress.
|Pullman Style Dining||£284|
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 the rolling hills of Hampshire along the South West Main Line. Our scenery quickly changes as we rush towards the South Coast, where observant ones can catch a glimpse out to Southampton port and the Solent. The train then turns inland as we steam through the New Forest and into Dorset.
Sit back and relax in the jovial atmosphere, whilst being looked after by our attentive staff. All passengers will receive a souvenir booklet with a map and details of the route to add interest to your journey.
Passengers can choose to alight at either the coastal resort of Bournemouth, with its seven miles of sandy beach, or at Weymouth whose attractions include include the sandy Blue Flag beach, historic harbour or the Victorian Nothe Fort. Whichever destination you choose, your time is yours to explore at your leisure. After a wonderful break we meet at the station and will welcome you back on board for our homeward journey.
This trip will be diesel hauled between Weymouth and Southampton on the return journey.
Passengers who choose to travel from Basingstoke to Bournemouth (return) in Pullman Style Dining will be served a two course 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.