Think Big!

2014 - Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway - Spring Steam Gala - 6220 CoronationIf a railway enthusiast claimed to have seen a streamlined coronation pacific, a parallel boiler Royal Scot and an unrebuilt Merchant Navy class in steam in 2014, you would be forgiven for thinking that they had gone a little crazy, or perhaps that this is an April Fools Day prank!  But it is possible, providing you can think big… On Sunday 23rd March, Eastleigh’s delightful miniature railway held their Spring Steam Gala.  Every available locomotive was rostered into service, making for a varied line-up of motive power that includes miniatures of mainline locomotives.

2014 - Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway - Spring Steam Gala - SR Merchant Navy 4-6-2 No. 21C1 Channel PacketUnfortunately fate was not with me on the particular weekend and thanks to a car problem, my visit was far too fleeting.  From what I saw, it looked to be quite an event, with trains in steam pretty much everywhere you looked!

2014 - Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway - Spring Steam Gala - 6110 Royal Scot, 4789 William Baker & 3 Francis Henry LloydThe weather wasn’t too kind, but in typical British spirit, this didn’t dampen people’s enthusiasm and the railway’s volunteers put on a good show.

2014 - Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway - Spring Steam Gala - 7 Sandy River & SR Atlantic 4-4-2 No.1908 Ernest Henry UptonEastleigh’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.

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.

2014 - Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway - Spring Steam Gala - Rio Grande 4-6-0 No. 8 David CurwenThanks for reading! 🙂

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