Steam locomotive 61306 Mayflower will visit Gloucester this Saturday

Steam locomotive 61306 Mayflower will be on the main line again this Saturday as it hauls a special rail tour to Shrewsbury.

Departing London Paddington at 8.59am, the train will pass through Southall (9.14am), Slough (9.28am), Maidenhead (9.35am), Reading (9.49am), Goring and Streatley (10.15am), Didcot Parkway (10.24am), Swindon (11.47am), Kemble (12:03 p.m.) and Gloucester at 12:34 p.m.

After passing through Gloucester for passengers, Mayflower will depart at 3.26pm and then head for Shrewsbury via Lydney (3.51pm), Chepstow (4.00pm), Severn Tunnel Junction (4.08pm), Cwmbran (4.32pm), Abergavenny (5.13pm), Hereford (5.44pm ), Leominster (6:21 p.m.), Craven Arms (7:08 p.m.) and Shrewsbury (7:35 p.m.).

This is a one-way tour, with passengers traveling to Wales the following day. Therefore, Mayflower will travel to the Crewe Heritage Center for servicing. Departing Coton Hill TC at 8.10pm, the locomotive with its support car will pass through Shrewsbury (8.13pm), Wem (8.31pm), Prees (8.37pm), Nantwich (8.53pm) and Crewe at 9.05pm before proceeding to Crewe Heritage Center at 9:21 p.m.

These times above in parentheses are approximate. Please click on the links below, which track the train throughout the day to keep you up to date on when it will pass through your local station.

Schedule

For the schedules of these movements, please click on the links below:

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As always, please respect the dangers of the railway. Please do not trespass on the tracks to see this iconic locomotive – stick to public access points!

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