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The Mayflower

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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 become the first steam locomotive in decades to visit Ipswich Griffin Wharf. Then we become the first ever steam hauled trip “cross docks” at Felixstowe, followed by a rare steam run from Harwich Town to London Liverpool Street.

PROPOSED ROUTE: (Locations in BOLD denote station stops)











We shall be diesel-hauled from Ealing Broadway to 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 Halifax Junction, branching onto the little-used freight-only branch to Griffin Wharf.


This short branch sees little traffic these days after the container traffic ended a few years ago and the last steam locomotive to visit is likely to have been in the late 1950s.


Our diesel will have the task of dragging us back up to the mainline where 61306 hauls us through Ipswich to East Suffolk Junction and on to Westerfield Junction where we branch right for Felixstowe. It’s been a good many years since a steam train has visited this exceptionally busy branch, used by a frequent passenger service as well as around sixty container trains on a Monday to Friday basis.


We shall take the line as far as Felixstowe Beach Junction, where we move on to the freight-only branch to Felixstowe Beach. Here we pick up our Port of Felixstowe Pilotman and enter Creek Sidings, where we move on to port infrastructure.  The cross-docks line was laid in the 1980s for the purpose of moving container trains between the central and south terminals.  We will be making history as this will be the first steam-hauled train to wend it’s way through the docks to Felixstowe Central.  From here our loco will be tested as we climb Clickett Hill to Trimley and a quick dash back to Westerfield.


We rejoin the Great Eastern main line at East Suffolk 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. Or you can remain on the train as we head 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, Channelsea South Jcn, LONDON LIVERPOOL STREET, Chelmsford, COLCHESTER, Halifax Jcn, Griffin Wharf, Felixstowe Beach, Creek Sidings, Felixstowe Central, Trimley, 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

—--

07:11

WILLESDEN JCN

07:28

07:31

LONDON LIVERPOOL STREET

08:32

08:53

COLCHESTER

10:01

10:21

FELIXSTOWE CREEK SIDINGS

—--

12:19

FELIXSTOWE CENTRAL

12:34

12:36

HARWICH TOWN

14:41

17:56

COLCHESTER

18:38

18:41

WITHAM

19:03

19:30

LONDON LIVERPOOL STREET

20:33

20:50

WILLESDEN JCN

21:32

21:35

EALING BROADWAY

21:55

—--

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.