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Not 1, but 2 steam locomotives: 61306 Mayflower and 45596 Bahamas to stop off at Newbury on the way from Plymouth to London Victoria



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Rail enthusiasts will get a double treat as Mayflower and Bahamas visit Newbury on the return trip from Devon and Cornwall this afternoon.

Earlier this week, many onlookers were treated to a close up view of the two engines when they pulled into Newbury Racecourse station for a service stop.

The engines sat at the station for around 30 minutes while their water tanks were refilled.

Mayflower & Bahamas Picture: Michael van der Zwaluw
Mayflower & Bahamas Picture: Michael van der Zwaluw

Among the spectators was Michael van der Zwaluw, a rail enthusiast from Newbury who was celebrating his birthday. Thanks to Michael for sending us his pictures from the day.

If you missed the engines on Tuesday, never fear, they'll be chugging through Newbury again this afternoon (Friday) on their return trip to London.

They are expected at Newbury Station at 4.25pm and will rest there for 15 minutes before moving on to Theale Loop, where they will get their water refill.

Mayflower & Bahamas Picture: Michael van der Zwaluw
Mayflower & Bahamas Picture: Michael van der Zwaluw

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.

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.

Steam Train going towards Kintbury on Tuesday
Steam Train going towards Kintbury on Tuesday
Steam Train going towards Kintbury on Tuesday
Steam Train going towards Kintbury on Tuesday


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