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Trainspotters get ready: 61306 Mayflower steam locomotive passes through Newbury today




'Choose trainspotting' today, when 61306 Mayflower steam locomotive is passing through Newbury, on its way to Penzance from London Victoria.

Mayflower locomotive will be travelling through West Berkshire on its way to Devon and Cornwall on Tuesday, September 28, in the morning.

61306 Mayflower train is a restored steam locomotive and is a sight to see, not just for rail enthusiasts, so be sure to catch a glimpse.

The 61306 Mayflower is one of two surviving B1 Class locomotives steam engines. Picture: Keith Heppell.
The 61306 Mayflower is one of two surviving B1 Class locomotives steam engines. Picture: Keith Heppell.

61306 Mayflower, built in 1948, will be arriving at Theale at 10.43am, Towney Loop at 10.48am and Newbury Racecourse at 11.05am, where it will take a service stop.

The steam engine will then be departing from Newbury Station at 11.45am before passing through Bedwyn at 11.58am on its way to the West Country.

Built for the London & North Eastern Railway, 61306 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.

Crowds gathering to see the B1 Class locomotives steam engines. Picture: Keith Heppell.
Crowds gathering to see the B1 Class locomotives steam engines. Picture: Keith Heppell.

The steam locomotive was the last B1 in service and its final trip was hauling the 'Yorkshire Pullman' from Leeds in September 1967.

Mayflower has two cylinders, 6 driving wheels, a firebox grate area of 30 square feet and can operate at 75mph.

This trip is rostered to be double-headed by 61306 Mayflower and 5596 Bahamas between London and Plymouth in both directions.

This trip will be diesel-hauled between Plymouth and Penzance in both directions.

The return trip will be on Friday, October 1.

The full schedule can be found on the Steam Dreams website.



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