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Join the NVR and take the chance to ride behind LNER B1 No 61306 Mayflower as she visits the NVR.


29th & 30th June, 6th & 7th July 

Join the NVR and take the chance to ride behind LNER B1 No 61306 Mayflower as she visits the NVR between her main line duties.


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Mk1 Coaching stock in use with Mayflower 
Licensed Buffet Car
Turntable Café serving hot/cold food and refreshments from 8:30
Wansford Shop and Second-Hand Book Shop open
Overhaul shed viewing gallery
Garden Railway
Free Parking at Wansford and Orton Mere
Stop off at Overton and sample the station Tea room

Ale on Rail

Trade Stands:
Railway Memorabilia Shop
BBLS 92 Squadron
Norskinoo Gallery We are pleased to announce that Railway artist Wrenford Thatcher will be present with his gallery, with a full display of artwork, Meet Wrenford and see him at work painting over the weekend.

Adult £16.00                  
Senior £13.00                
Child £8.00                    
Family £40.00

The Mayflower Jolly Fisherman

Friday 28th June Click here to book

Fish, Chips and Steam!  Enjoy a nostalgic evening of steam on board our train hauled by B1 61306 Mayflower with a good old-fashioned fish and chip supper.

  *(parties fewer than four may be seated with other guests). Please note children must be over 12 years of age

Please Note - that on this service Guide Dogs only are welcome.

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61306 History

61306 was privately purchased for preservation at Steamtown Carnforth, one of just two preserved Thompson B1s, the other being LNER-built No. (6)1264.

At Steamtown it was painted into LNER Apple Green Livery, given the number 1306 and the name Mayflower. 1306 would have been its allocated running number had the LNER not been nationalised (most ex-LNER BR numbers being the LNER 1946 numbers with the addition of 60000), while the name Mayflower came from a scrapped BR-built Thompson B1, numbered 61379.

In 1978, it moved to the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire, where it remained until 1989, when it was taken out of service for a ten-year overhaul. Scheduled to return to Hull Dairycoates, the sale of the site meant that it moved to the Nene Valley Railway.

Sold privately in 2006 to the Boden family, it moved to their company, Boden Rail Engineering Ltd, in Washwood Heath, Birmingham. In 2013, she returned to steam wearing her original BR Apple Green livery and 61306, operated by West Coast Railways from their base at the former Steamtown Carnforth.

In 2014, 61306 was sold by the Boden family to David Buck, and moved to the North Norfolk Railway. It was prepared there for full mainline running, operating the Cathedrals Express from Norwich to Windsor, its first mainline operating since the mid 1970s.

In February 2019 For it's first revenue earning run after emerging from an overhaul and testing at Carnforth 61306 double headed with SR Merchant Navy no 35018 British India Line while hauling The Railway Touring Company's "Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express" that ran from London Euston to Carlisle on Sat 2 Feb. The two engines with 61306 acting as pilot to 35018 took over the train from 86259 at Carnforth for the run to Carlisle via Shap. The return leg took the two engines south down the Settle and Carlisle, Ribble Valley & East Lancashire Line's to Preston where 86259 took over

All on line tickets must be presented to the Wansford Booking office to be validated.
Blue Peter Badge holders can visit the railway for free