The famous Mayflower steam locomotive will pass through Winchester, Eastleigh, Farnborough, Basingstoke, Havant and Petersfield

A famous 1940s locomotive is due to be in Hampshire this week as part of a trip to the county. Mayflower 61306 is one of two remaining Class B1 locomotives built in Glasgow in 1948.

The last B1 in service until 1967, the famous locomotive was acquired by Steam Dreams in 2014 and has undergone a major overhaul. Sporting Britain’s first apple green livery, she has been taking passengers on tours across the country since early 2019.

On Tuesday (May 17), she will take part in a Hampshire Hills Tour. Leaving West Brompton station in west London at 8.50am, it will carry passengers on a Hampshire loop taking in a range of scenery

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Crossing the Battersea Rail Bridge over the River Thames before picking up passengers in Woking shortly before 10am, the Mayflower will head for the South Downs. The locomotive will take the South West Main Line towards Eastleigh following the River Itchen.

This means the locomotive will pass through a number of Hampshire stations on the South West Main Line. These include Farnborough, Fleet, Winchfield, Hook and Basingstoke. Continuing to Eastleigh the locomotive will pass Micheldever, Winchester and Shawford.

At Eastleigh it will head south towards Fareham, passing through Hedge End and Botley stations. Passengers here will be able to glimpse the Solent with views of Porchester Castle and the Spinnaker Tower in the distance.

Back inland, the locomotive will join the Portsmouth direct line, passing through Fareham, Portchester and Cosham on its way there. It will then head north towards Surrey.

This part of the journey will see her pass Bedhampton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Petersfield, Liss and Liphook. She is due back in Woking at 2:06 p.m.

Actual times for when she’ll be at Hampshire stations aren’t released ahead of the trip. As with all rail tours, those hoping to catch a glimpse of the locomotive are reminded to stay clear of the railway and take care.

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Jose P. Rogers