61306 Mayflower steam locomotive passes through Newbury today

“Choose trainspotting” today, when the 61306 Mayflower steam locomotive passes through Newbury, en route to Penzance from London Victoria.

The Mayflower locomotive will cross West Berkshire bound for Devon and Cornwall on Tuesday morning September 28th.

61306 The Mayflower Train is a restored steam locomotive and it’s a sight to see, not just for railroad enthusiasts, so be sure to check it out.

61306 Mayflower is one of two surviving Class B1 locomotive steam engines. Photo: Keith Heppell.

61306 Mayflower, built in 1948, will arrive at Theale at 10:43 am, Towney Loop at 10:48 am and Newbury Racecourse at 11:05 am, where it will make a service stop.

The steam engine will then depart from Newbury Station at 11:45 am before passing through Bedwyn at 11:58 am on its way to the West Country.

Built for the London & North Eastern Railway, 61306 is one of two surviving Class B1 locomotives. The B1s were originally designed as a mixed-traffic locomotive capable of hauling express passenger trains as well as freight traffic.

Crowds gather to view Class B1 steam locomotives.  Photo: Keith Heppell.
Crowds gather to view Class B1 steam locomotives. Photo: Keith Heppell.

The steam locomotive was the last B1 in service and its last trip was to pull the “Yorkshire Pullman” from Leeds in September 1967.

Mayflower has two-cylinder, 6-wheel drive, a 30-square-foot hearth grate area, and can run at 75 mph.

This trip is scheduled to be led by 61306 Mayflower and 5596 Bahamas between London and Plymouth in both directions.

This trip will be transported on diesel between Plymouth and Penzance in both directions.

The return trip will take place on Friday October 1.

The full schedule is available on the Steam Dreams website.



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