The naming of the B1 class 4-6-0s was something of a hit and miss affair. The first 41 members of the class were all named after Antelope / Deer; thereafter it becomes a lottery – the only ones with names were Nos 61189, 61215, 61221, 61237 and 8 along with Nos. 61240 to 61251 were all named after the great and the good. And all on its own was No. 61379 Mayflower, named, in 1951, in honour of the puritan settlers who sailed from Plymouth, in 1620, and went on to become part of the foundation myths of the USA; and to celebrate the links between Boston UK and Boston Mass.
No.61379 was fresh out of the workshops of the North British Locomotive Co., in Glasgow, on 14th June 1951 – she was chosen to be named simply because she was new at the time of the impending ceremonials, in July, when a pilgrimage was being made from the USA to Boston Lincs. C’est la vie; didn’t do her much good though she withdrawn from service just 11 years later, in 1962, and cut up. The engine in the photo, No.61306, survived until late 1967 and was then sold privately. No.61306 was built in April 1948, she never carried a name during BR service.
Some of you might be interested to know that my book, Railway Tales, about my own footplate work during the last years of BR steam, is now available as an ebook here’s the link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Railway-Tales-C-D-Wilson-ebook/dp/B07H38XV1V/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1536155603&sr=1-2&keywords=railway+tales+ebook
Steam Age Daydreams began in 2014 and since then over 600 blogs have appeared on all manner of railway topics. They are all still available to read in the ‘Archive’ section. I am writing this to let you all know that when the existing webhosting contract expires in December there are, currently, no plans to renew it – Steam Age Daydreams will cease.
The book about my lifetime of involvement with matters railway will still be available on Amazon – Below, is the link to it.