Greater Anglia has announced that an 18-foot replica of a famous 17th Century ship is to make an unusual trip from Harwich to London.
The 1/8 scale model of ‘The Mayflower’ will be part of the nationwide ‘Community Rail in the City’ event on 15 May. This will see more than 42 groups joining forces across the country.
The Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership is transporting the replica ship to London Liverpool Street station. Here, it will become the centrepiece of their showcase, highlighting tourism opportunities in South Suffolk and Essex.
The replica was completed five years ago by college apprentices.
It took eight weeks to build after a lot of studying of paintings and research into the ship.
The ship is due to arrive at London Liverpool Street 0600 on Wednesday 15 May 2019.
What did the officials say?
ESSCRP Officer, Terri Ryland said:
“It’s going to be an eye-catching sight on the concourse at Liverpool Street and we really hope it will turn some heads and attract people to our stall.
“Our aim is to attract Londoners to visit Essex and South Suffolk by rail and enjoy the fantastic attractions, countryside, coasts and historic sites the counties have to offer.”
“Greater Anglia has some great value advance fares and it’s quicker to get there by train, leaving more time to relax, explore and discover something new.”
‘Community Rail in the City’ is organised by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), the umbrella body for community rail groups across Britain, whose chief executive, Jools Townsend, said:
“Our members will be popping up at stations across Britain and engaging thousands of people to inspire and advise on daytrips, weekends and holidays by rail.
“Tourism by rail is great for families and holiday-makers as it’s more sustainable than driving, provides a critical boost to local economies, and allows people to explore our wonderful, often not-well-known, community railway lines, which showcase some real hidden gems.”