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Mayflower steam locomotive passes through Newbury

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Rail enthusiasts had a double treat today Mayflower and Bahamas visited Newbury on the return trip from Devon and Cornwall.

Earlier this week, many onlookers were treated to a close up view of the two engines when they passed through Newbury.

Mayflower passing through Newbury (51817854)
Mayflower passing through Newbury (51817854)

Onlookers had the pleasure of viewing the locomotives on their return trip to London.

Built in 1948 for the London & North Eastern Railway, Mayflower is one of two surviving B1 Class locomotives. B1s were originally designed as a mixed traffic locomotive capable of hauling express passenger trains as well as freight traffic.

Mayflower passing through Newbury (51817846)
Mayflower passing through Newbury (51817846)

45596 Bahamas was built in 1934 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow for the London Midland & Scottish Railway.

She was designed by Sir William Stanier and entered service in 1935.

45596 is the only 'double chimney' Jubilee locomotive after being fitted with it in 1961 as part of a trial.

This trial was the final attempt by British Railways to improve the performance of its steam fleet.

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