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Schoolchildren’s view of historic steam engine is ruined at last moment by passing commuter train 

Schoolchildren left disappointed when their view of historic steam engine is blocked at last moment by passing commuter train

  • Mayflower steam train was making planned trip from Southend to Winchester
  • More than one hundred St George’s Primary School children stood to watch it pass in Shoebury Park in Southend-on-Sea
  • But as it approached a c2c commuter train shot past in the other direction

This is the moment dozens of excited school children waiting to see an historic steam engine had their view ruined by a passing commuter train.

Students from St George’s Primary School had gather in a car park near Southend to eagerly await the Mayflower steam engine.

But just as the locomotive pulled out from an archway, a modern commuter train shot past in front of it.

The group of more than one hundred children had been given special permission to come out of school to watch the historic train, which was travelling from Southend East to Winchester.

The Mayflower, which was built in 1948, makes regular trips through Southend with a few key spots to see it pass.

Parent Katie Hazlewood, 35, went to down to watch it with her child, and found a large crowd already waiting.

‘We were stood in the car park of Shoebury Park as the train line passes by the top of it there,’ she told the Southend Echo.

‘The school had sent a note to parents saying that any children who wanted to watch it, could just come along to school afterwards which was lovely so most of the school was there.’

But as the steam engine approached, the cheers from the waiting crowd covered he sound of a commuter train passing from the other direction.

‘Just as the steam train appeared from the tunnel, the c2c train shot in front of the steam train right in front of us. There were a lot of disappointed kids but I think looking back now, we can all see the funny side.’ 

Though still making regular journeys in the South East, the B1 class locomotive attracts dozens of trainspotters and photographers along its route.

The first carriages of the Mayflower have then already passed by the time the train pulls past

By the time the commuter train pulls past the first carriages of the Mayflower have already moved out of sight


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