Steam locomotive 61306 Mayflower passes through Newbury today

‘Choose trainspotting’ today as steam locomotive 61306 Mayflower passes through Newbury en route to Penzance from London Victoria.

The Mayflower locomotive will cross West Berkshire towards Devon and Cornwall on Tuesday morning, September 28.

Train 61306 Mayflower is a restored steam locomotive and is a sight to behold, not just for railway enthusiasts, so be sure to catch a glimpse.

Mayflower 61306 is one of two surviving Class B1 steam locomotives. Photo: Keith Hepell.

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

The steam engine will then depart Newbury station at 11.45am before passing through Bedwyn at 11.58am en route 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 the steam engines of Class B1 locomotives.  Photo: Keith Hepell.
Crowds gather to view the steam engines of Class B1 locomotives. Photo: Keith Hepell.

The steam locomotive was the last B1 in service and its last journey carried the ‘Yorkshire Pullman’ from Leeds in September 1967.

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

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

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

The return trip will take place on Friday 1 October.

The full program is available on the Steam Dreams website.



Jose P. Rogers