This May, steam locomotive 61306 Mayflower will set out from London to mark the centenary of the last Land Speed Record to be broken on a closed circuit. The tour is part of a programme of exciting trips the company has planned for the summer, with more itineraries to be announced for June, July and September.
On Tuesday 17 May, the tour will start out from London in the morning, and will set off through the suburbs towards Brooklands Racetrack. Mayflower is planned to steam past Brooklands slowly to allow the historic moment to be captured on camera, in a staging of the famous F Gordon Crosby painting of the 350HP Sunbeam racing along the railway straight, overtaking a steam driven express train.
After being part of the historic photo, visitors will be able to alight at Woking and to join the Brooklands Centenary event, including talks from experts and a parade of cars along the finishing straight, before returning to London by steam.
David Buck, Chairman of Steam Dreams, commented “We feel very privileged to be part of this unique historic occasion bringing together two of the most coveted mechanical inventions – the speed of a racing car and power of a steam locomotive.” He added “passengers will be in for a treat – not only being able to be a part of the staging of the iconic Gordon Crosby painting but also to gain another perspective with a visit to the racetrack during a parade of vintage race cars on the finishing straight.”
Trustee at the National Transport Trust, Mike Lunch, is delighted that the Trust’s plans to mark the centenary are coming to life: “It really should be the most fantastic opportunity to celebrate the spirit of innovation and endeavour of record breaking”. He added “We’d like to thank Brooklands Museum, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu and The Steam Dreams Rail Co. for their involvement in the event which our members are all really looking forward to.”
Tickets for the Steam train trip to Brooklands range from £75 in Premium Standard through to the top class of Pullman Style Dining from £175. Passengers travelling in Pullman Style Dining will be served a Champagne Breakfast on the outward journey, and a two course lunch on the return, whilst those opting for Premium Standard will be served complimentary tea and coffee at their seats. All passengers will be transferred to Brooklands by a vintage bus and as well as having the opportunity soak up the atmosphere at this unique event, will also have the chance to join an illustrated talk about car’s history and will see a parade of vintage cars on the finishing straight.
Anyone interested in travelling with Steam Dreams should call the Booking Office on 01483 209888 or visit www.steamdreams.co.uk.