2013’s first entry in the Steam Diary is not the most glamorous, but real steam nevertheless! Eastleigh’s Lakeside Steam Railway is a dual gauge 10¼”/7¼” line that runs from “Eastleigh Parkway” station (which incidentally has a fantastic cafe)
to Monks Brook Halt.
At first I thought that this was the smallest of two scale replica’s of the four cylinder beast; 850 Lord Nelson, but it is in fact the larger (see comments). The railway has a fleet of around 23 steam locomotives and is well worth a visit. Check out the railway’s website for more information.