The historic Mayflower steam locomotive is set to run through Essex this weekend

The famous Mayflower steam locomotive is expected to make a comeback this weekend.

To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Eastern Union Railway – the first railway to reach Ipswich in 1846 – the railway’s historic steam train is set to take passengers on a special tour.

The locomotive, named 61306 Mayflower, is one of only two surviving Class B1 locomotives in Britain. It was built in 1948 in Glasgow and can run at an impressive speed of 75 mph.

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Mayflower had a long adventurous life at Hull Botanic Gardens Depot and Hull Dairycotes Depot stations before being transferred to Low Moor Depot, where she made her last trip in September 1967.

Decades later, in 2014, the train was acquired by Steam Dreams. It was returned to the main line the following year, before being retired again for a major overhaul.

This Sunday, he should make his big comeback; the anniversary tour will follow the 175 year old line from Colchester to Bury St Edmunds for a memorable and unique experience where a historic line and train come together to celebrate.

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The 2.5-hour experience begins in Colchester. The train will depart at 11.10am following a route which passes through Ipswich and ends in Bury St Edmunds at 12.19pm.

On arrival, a 20 minute break is provided before passengers are driven back to Colchester.

The tour ends with the train arriving at its base at 1:47 p.m.

However, due to the age of the train and the track, passengers should be aware that it may not be possible to get off at Bury St Edmunds.



Mayflower was built in 1948 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow

Currently there are still tickets available to book with Standard Class at £49, Pullman Style Dining at £99 and First at £65.

Passengers who dine will also enjoy a welcome glass of champagne with their scheduled brunch during the tour.

You can book your tickets here. https://www.steamdreams.co.uk/book.php?tourid=72521

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Jose P. Rogers