Steam locomotive 61306 Mayflower returns to mainline!

61306 at Whitchurch
Credit: Tony Bartlett

Thursday 7th March 2019 saw B1 61306 ‘Mayflower’ return to the tracks after a three-year overhaul at Carnforth.

This was the first run of the locomotive on its own, having double-headed a few weeks ago with 35018 British India Line (video here).

The locomotive appeared in Apple Green livery and hauled ten carriages from London Victoria to Bath and Bristol via Salisbury.

A highlight of the trip came on the return journey when the locomotive climbed Upton Scudamore with the locomotive achieving a very respectable 21mph on the notorious 1 in 70 gradient section.

What did the officials say?

Chairman of Steam Dreams, David Buck commented;

“I am overjoyed to be welcoming Mayflower back to the mainline after a lengthy overhaul, and all the better that her first trip in the south of the country is with Steam Dreams. The trip couldn’t be more perfect – the engine looks and sounds better than ever and the itinerary represents everything we hope to achieve in the future, with regular schedules and no diesel assistance.”

Where Next?

News Homepage
   For the Latest Railway News
RailAdvent Online Shop
   Framed Prints, DVD’s / Blu-Ray’s and more
LocoStop Community
   Come and share your railway pictures
Steam Dreams
   Visit their website