Mayflower owner buys Steam Dreams operation…

DAVID Buck, the owner of ‘B1’ No. 61306 Mayflower, has acquired the Steam Dreams railtour business from founder Marcus Robertson.

Mr Robertson will continue as a consultant for the company, tasked with developing new multi-day holidays by steam in the UK and overseas.

The deal was announced as Mayflower prepares to return to the main line following an overhaul at West Coast Railways’ base in Carnforth.

David Buck’s ‘B1’ No. 61306 Mayflower begins the descent of Hatton Bank with a returning ‘Cathedrals Express’ from Stratford-upon-Avon to Southend Victoria on August 22, 2015. The Thompson 4-6-0 is set to become a ‘Cathedrals’ regular again once it returns from overhaul. RICK EBORALL

It is expected the Thompson 4-6-0 will become a regular ‘Cathedrals Express’ machine, sharing the work with
Ian Riley’s ‘Black Fives’ and No. 60009 Union of South Africa.

Mr Buck has been chairman of Steam Dreams since October 2017, and is delighted at the prospect of becoming the new owner of Steam Dreams.

“I have got to know the Steam Dreams operation through my ownership of Mayflower and as an occasional passenger.

“When Marcus and his wife, Marianne, asked me if I wanted to take on the business I was delighted to do so.”

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