Last Sunday during a trip to Alton, I saw for what is probably the last time in Hampshire (for me at least), U class 31806. This weekend is likely to be this locomotive’s last on the Watercress Line, so if you want to see it, this might be your last chance! It is seen above in stark contrast to the modern South West Trains EMU. What better way to symbolise change on our railways!The planned departure of this locomotive was reported here in April (click here to read more). It illustrates how quickly things change, even in the world of heritage railways.
31806 is moving to the Swanage Railway with two other Southern Railway moguls – U class 31625 and the unique N class 31874, pictured doubleheading below. Neither have run for some time, but rather excitingly the Swanage Railway has announced that they intend to overhaul the N class into running condition by the end of next year!
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