Mayflower’s fly­ing visit

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - An Author’s Life -

Steam buffs en­joyed a treat over the week­end when a his­toric lo­co­mo­tive passed through the town en route to Dover.

This im­age was taken on Satur­day at the Sev­ing­ton Loop, near Ash­ford.

The lo­co­mo­tive is LNER Thompson cl B1 4-6-0, no 61306 Mayflower.

Orig­i­nally built in 1948, it was with­drawn from ser­vice in 1967, be­fore be­ing pur­chased pri­vately for preser­va­tion.

The train had de­parted from Sal­is­bury, pass­ing through Ash­ford at lunchtime en route to Dover and Can­ter­bury East. It re­turned to Sal­is­bury via Faver­sham.

The Golden Arrow, 34067 Tang­mere, also steamed through Ash­ford on Fri­day and then again on Satur­day.

Pic­ture: Andy Clark

The Mayflower lo­co­mo­tive passes through Ash­ford

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