LNER Thompson Class B1 61306

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61306 at Leeds City, probably 1967
61306 at Low Moor Shed
61306 at Bradford Exchange

London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) Thompson Class B1 No. 61306 is a preserved British steam locomotive. In preservation, it carries the number 1306 and the name Mayflower, complete with LNER Apple Green Livery, though this guise is entirely fictional.

Service[edit]

61306 was built in 1948 by the North British Locomotive Company, Works No. 26207. Though built to an LNER design, it was delivered after nationalisation to British Railways (BR).

Initially, 61306 was allocated to Hull Botanic Gardens Depot (shed code 53B, Kingston upon Hull) until June 1959, when it was transferred to nearby Hull Dairycoates Depot (53A), where it remained until June 1967, when it was transferred to Low Moor Depot (56F, Bradford). It was withdrawn in September 1967.

Preservation[edit]

"1306 Mayflower" as preserved.
Close-up photo of smokebox, showing the Nameplate.

61306 was privately purchased for preservation at Steamtown in Carnforth. There it was painted into LNER Apple Green Livery and 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, "1306" 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. For this it was moved back to Hull Dairycoates but the sale of the site meant that it moved to the Nene Valley Railway, which in 2006 it eventually left - and underwent overhaul at Boden Rail Engineering Ltd, Washwood Heath. It returned to the mainline as 61306 in Apple Green with British Railways on the tender. She is at present operated by West Coast Railways, It was hoped that in the future 61306 could be operated by BARS but due to their main role being freight operations and not having a licence for steam it was decided to have her run with WCRC.

"61306" is one of two preserved Thompson B1s, the other being LNER-built No. (6)1264

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