Last month, Hampshire residents rallied as a world famous steam locomotive rolled through the county. The famous Mayflower, a class B1 locomotive, was taking part in a Hampshire Hills Tour.
The last B1 in service until 1967, the famous locomotive was acquired by Steam Dreams in 2014, underwent a major overhaul and was on one of its many tours across the country. The locomotive, sporting Britain’s first apple green livery, was pictured at a number of Hampshire stations as residents marched out in force to catch a glimpse of it.
Those who couldn’t catch up with the vehicle and may have been disappointed will be glad to know they won’t have to wait much longer to catch up with a steam locomotive on Hampshire’s railway tracks. Later this month, a steam locomotive will pass through the county and even stop at a train station as part of a special tour.
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On Thursday 23rd June an as yet unannounced steam locomotive will take part in a summer journey between London Victoria and Weymouth. The locomotive could be any of the Steam Dreams locomotives including 61306 Mayflower, 45596 Bahamas, 46233 Duchess of Sutherland, 35028 Clan Line, U Class 31806, 60163 Tornado or one of the various Black Fives .
Leaving London Victoria Station in the morning at around 8.45am, the tour will head along the South West Mainline towards Bournemouth and Weymouth. This will see him enter Hampshire shortly after stopping at Woking station.
Leaving Woking at 10.05am, the tour will head towards Hampshire, passing Farnborough, Fleet, Winchfield and Hook stations before arriving at its next stop. The locomotive will stop at Basingstoke Station to accommodate more passengers for the journey.
It will leave Basingstoke at 10.50am and continue along the South West Main Line. There will be no more stops in Hampshire on this leg of the journey, but the locomotive will pass through stations such as Winchester, Eastleigh, Swaythling and Southampton Central.
After leaving Southampton Central it will pass Millbrook, Redbridge and Totton before entering the New Forest. During this leg of the journey, the tour will pass through Hampshire railway stations from Brockenhurst to New Milton.
Between the two stations, it will pass through Hampshire’s quietest station, Beaulieu Road. The station is five kilometers from the nearest village and is located deep in the New Forest.
Tour participants can disembark in Bournemouth or Weymouth once they have traversed the Hampshire hills, coast and countryside. Culinary experiences are also available for those who want to do it all on the trip.
The train will leave Weymouth at 4.35pm and is expected to make the same journey up the South West Main Line back to London Victoria. It is scheduled to stop to drop off passengers at Basingstoke at 5.50pm.
Tickets for the Pullman Style Dining journey from Basingstoke are still available for purchase. These tickets will cost you over £280 each and can be purchased here.
Actual timetables for when it will pass through Hampshire stations are not released ahead of the trip. As with all rail tours, those hoping to catch a glimpse of the locomotive are reminded to stay clear of the railway and be careful.
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