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The Mayflower

Sunday 15th April 2018


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Join us for a fantastic day out behind LNER B1 no. 61306 “Mayflower” as she powers us through East Anglia to Sizewell and becomes the first steam locomotive in decades to visit Ipswich Griffin Wharf.  Followed by a rare steam run from Harwich Town to London Liverpool Street.

PROPOSED ROUTE: (Locations in BOLD denote station stops)











61306 hauls us from Ealing Broadway to Stratford via the busy North London Line. Here we reverse, with our diesel pulling us into Liverpool Street where we should have a 20 minute opportunity for photographs. From here, 61306 takes over as she powers us away from the terminus along her old stomping ground – the Great Eastern Mainline. We shall pause for water at Colchester and then we race to East Suffolk Junction, branching onto the East Suffolk Line and climbing to Westerfield and on to Saxmundham.. Here we collect the Train Staff and take the seldom used freight-only branch to the level crossing near the end of the line at Sizewell.


Our diesel will have the task of dragging us back up to  Saxmundham and the mainline at Ipswich, back through Stoke Tunnel to Halifax Junction. 61306 will then power us gently onto the Griffin Wharf freight branch, believed to be last used by a steam train as far back as the 1950s. Today the line sees train loads of sand being loaded each week but the container traffic ended a few years ago. We shall roll right down to the buffers at the end of the short line and we are most grateful to Associated British Ports for allowing this to happen.


With our diesel taking over, rejoin the Great Eastern main line at Halifax Junction and head to Manningtree North Junction where we shall turn left on to the Mayflower Line all the way to Harwich Town. Harwich is richly connected to the naval and railway industries, being the birthplace of “Mayflower” and the former docking location for the famous Train Ferry to the Continent.


Here you can step off the train and partake in some lunch, perhaps view the remains of the train-ferry dock, watch the loading/unloading of the massive container ships across the water at Felixstowe or take a walk round to the seafront. 61306 will then take the train to Parkeston Tip ostensibly to take on coal and water but those of you who enjoy the rare track are very welcome to remain with us.


After 61306 has refuelled we shall be diesel-hauled back to Harwich Town to pick-up the rest of our passengers, before “Mayflower” takes over once again, traversing the Mayflower Line back to Manningtree. We then continue on to London Liverpool Street for a rare photo opportunity of a steam loco on the blocks at a London terminus.


The final leg of our trip sees our diesel hauling us out of Liverpool Street, turning left at Bethnal Green and left again at Reading Lane Junction, dropping down the steep chord to Navarino Road Junction, rejoining the North London Line via Gospel Oak to Willesden Junction and back to Ealing Broadway.


PROPOSED ROUTE: (Locations in BOLD denote station stops)

EALING BROADWAY, Acton Wells Jcn, WILLESDEN JCN, Gospel Oak, Stratford, LONDON LIVERPOOL STREET, Chelmsford, COLCHESTER, East Suffolk Jcn, Saxmundham, Sizewell, Halifax Jcn, Griffin Wharf, Manningtree North Jnc, Manningtree East Jcn, HARWICH TOWN, Parkeston Tip, COLCHESTER, Witham, LONDON LIVERPOOL STREET, Reading Lane Jcn, Navarino Road Jcn, Gospel Oak, WILLESDEN JCN, Acton Wells Jcn & EALING BROADWAY.

TIMINGS
Please note these are the requested timings, confirmed
timings will be published as soon as they are available.



Arr

Dep

EALING BROADWAY

—--

07:01

WILLESDEN JCN

07:18

07:21

LONDON LIVERPOOL STREET

08:32

08:53

COLCHESTER

10:01

10:21

SIZEWELL

—--

12:30

GRIFFIN WHARF

15:25

15:39

HARWICH TOWN

16:40

19:56

COLCHESTER

20:34

20:37

WITHAM

20:51

21:01

LONDON LIVERPOOL STREET

22:04

22:19

WILLESDEN JCN

23:00

23:03

EALING BROADWAY

23:12

—--

FARES


Ticket Type

Fare

Standard Class

£84.00

Standard Class PLUS

£99.00

Standard Class PLUS - Table-for-Two

£109.00

First Class

£115.00

First Class - Table-for-Two

£125.00

Standard Class PLUS offers slightly roomier accommodation in Standard Open carriages
having 4 seats round a table to one side
of the aisle and a pair of seats at a
small table, to the other side.