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The Mayflower

Sunday 15th April 2018


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Join us for a fantastic day out behind an LMS Black 5 (subject to final approval by Network Rail) 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)










We shall be steam hauled from Highbury & Islington to Stratford and then along 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. Our steam loco 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. A short section of track has been temporarily lifted near the end of the line, due to flood prevention work, so we shall proceed as far as possible. We are most grateful to Associated British Ports for allowing this to happen.


With our diesel taking over, we 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 dinner, perhaps view the remains of the train-ferry loading ramp, watch the loading/unloading of the massive container ships across the water at Felixstowe or take a walk round to the seafront. The Harwich Mayflower Project will be opening the newly restored buildings at Harwich Town, containing masses of railway memorabilia and a fascinating glimpse at life on the station in the 1920s.


The Black 5 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 to Highbury & Islington.


PROPOSED ROUTE: (Locations in BOLD denote station stops)

HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON, STRATFORD, Chelmsford, COLCHESTER, East Suffolk Jcn, Saxmundham, Sizewell Level Crossing, Halifax Jcn, Griffin Wharf, Manningtree North Jnc, Manningtree East Jcn, HARWICH TOWN, COLCHESTER, LONDON LIVERPOOL STREET, Reading Lane Jcn, Navarino Road Jcn and HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON.

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



Arr

Dep

HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON

—-

09:09

STRATFORD

09:22

09:26

COLCHESTER

10:43

10:55

WOODBRIDGE

—-

11:36

SIZEWELL

12:20

12:50

SAXMUNDHAM

13:37

13:53

GRIFFIN WHARF

15:00

15:45

HARWICH TOWN

16:25

19:20

COLCHESTER

19:54

20:09

LONDON LIVERPOOL STREET

21:32

21:50

READING LANE JUNCTION

—-

21:56

HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON

22:03

—-

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.