Hampshire Countryside Tour from Southampton

Join the Mayflower 400 celebrations from Southampton with a nostalgic steam train trip with Steam Dreams Rail Co on B1 Mayflower, named after the original ship herself.

Delight in a day of a bygone era as the locomotive takes the strain, offering varied views of the countryside - from the busy port at Southampton to the rolling hills of Hampshire.

Enjoy a Champagne Cream Tea on board in vintage carriages or bring your own picnic as you enjoy a magical afternoon making memories to last a lifetime.

Prices from £49 in Premium Standard, £129 in Premier Dining, and £149 in Pullman Style Dining.

For more details of the trip and to find out how to book your place, visit https://www.steamdreams.co.uk/tours.php?tourid=72318

Hop aboard the 'Mayflower and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime trip

Experience Pullman Style Dining on the 'Mayflower'

About the Mayflower steam train

Built for the London & North Eastern Railway, 61306 Mayflower is one of two surviving B1 Class locomotives. The B1's were designed as mixed traffic locomotives capable of hauling express passenger trains as well as freight traffic. As powerful, go-anywhere engines, the B1's worked across most of the UK rail network from East Anglia to Scotland.

Mayflower was built in 1948 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow but was delivered post-nationalisation and acquired the number 61306 by British Railways. She was first allocated to Hull Botanic Gardens Depot followed by a spell at Hull Dairycotes Depot before being finally transferred to Low Moor Depot, Bradford. She was the last B1 in service, her final trip was hauling the 'Yorkshire Pullman' from Leeds in September 1967.

Mayflower was immediately purchased for preservation and was initially based at Steamtown in Carnforth. She was fully restored for mainline operation and worked a number of railtours in the 1970's. Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul. Resplendent in the early British Railways apple green livery - as she was originally given when delivered in 1948 - she returned to full mainline operation in early 2019.

Mayflower has two cylinders, six driving wheels, a firebox grate area of 30 sq ft and can operate at 75mph.

Please note: Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the trips listed, it cannot be guaranteed.

Steam Dreams' 'Mayflower'. Picture: David Ireland

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