For all those steam locomotive enthusiasts the Mayflower 61306 will be visiting the prestigious area of Bath on Thursday 26th May 2022 for a special tour of the Bath Spa. The Roman city of Bath, is one of the most culturally rich cities in the South of England, having been given World Heritage status back in 1987. Bath is a vibrant city with lots to do including hosting over 40 museums, good restaurants, quality shopping and theatres. The Roman Baths and magnificent Temple were built around the the natural hot spring which rises at 46°C and were at the centre of Roman life in Aquae Sulis between first & fifth centuries. The remains are remarkably complete and include sculpture, coins, jewellery and the bronze head of the goddess Sulis Minerva. A visit to the Roman Baths would not be complete without a visit to taste the waters and enjoy a coffee in the 18th century Pump Room, centre of Georgian entertainment in it’s day, which is situated just above the Temple. Click here for more information on historic bath.
Indeed we have to admit that the team at SigTech Rail are heritage railway enthusiasts and have worked extensively on various parts of the UK’s heritage railway system. One such recent project was working on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway based at Wirksworth in Derbyshire. Which is owned and run by Wyvern Rail PLC, which itself was founded in 1992 by ex British Rail management and workers.
Please note that these times are only for guidance so please go to the Steam Dreams website for tickets and timetabling.
The Mayflower Locomotive (diesel hauled) will be departing Shoeburyness at 06:48, the train, will pass through Southend East (06:55), Leigh-on-Sea (07:07), Tilbury Town (07:29), Purfleet (07:37), Dagenham Dock (07:44), Barking (07:55), Leyton Midland Road (08:11), South Tottenham (08:20), West Hampstead Thameslink (09:03), Acton Mainline (09:20), Southall (09:31 – Mayflower added to the train here), Slough (10:29), Reading (10:48), Didcot Parkway (11:07), Swindon (12:20), Chippenham (12:48) and Bath Spa at 13:03.
After time in Bath, the train will depart at 16:56 and will pass through Chippenham (17:11), Reading (19:15), Slough (19:42), Hanwell Bridge Loop (19:59 – Mayflower replaced by Diesel here), Acton Main Line (20:54), West Hampstead (21:09), Leyton Midland Road (21:38), Barking (21:48), Southend Central (22:37), Southend East (22:43) and Shoeburyness at 22:52.
Image credit Essex post.