Mayflower pictured in Hampshire as the steam locomotive passes through Farnborough, Eastleigh, Basingstoke, Petersfield and Winchester

Crowds gathered across the county to welcome a famous locomotive dating back more than seventy years to the tracks. On Tuesday May 17, 61306 Mayflower passed through Hampshire on a tour of the Hampshire Hills.

Organized by Steam Dreams, the tour saw the locomotive travel through a series of stations. The locomotive, sporting Britain’s first apple green livery, has been on tours since 2019.

The last B1 in service until 1967, it left West Brompton station in west London at 8.50am. Crossing the Thames she made the short journey to Woking where she gathered more passengers for the journey.

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From there the locomotive took the South West Main Line as it toured Hampshire and the South Downs. It passed a number of Hampshire stations on the South West Main Line including Fleet, Farnborough and Basingstoke before continuing on to Eastleigh.

From Eastleigh she headed south towards Fareham. Those on board were able to see the Solent with a view of Porchester Castle and Spinnaker Tower as well.

Away from the coast, the locomotive returned inland and north as it rejoined the Portsmouth direct line. Here she passed through a series of local stations including Bedhampton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Petersfield, Liss and Liphook in the early afternoon.

Photos from Liphook station, taken by local resident Andy Kingshott, showed the locomotive as it moved along the route. Footage showed people gathering to take photos and videos and catch a glimpse of the locomotive for themselves.

After leaving Liphook, she continued to Surrey and Haslemere. She was due back in Woking at 2:06 p.m. As always, timetables for the time she would spend at stations were not released ahead of the trip.

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Jose P. Rogers