The Mid-Hants Autumn Steam Gala 2014

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Ropley - Ex-LMS Black 5MT 45379In summary, I have to say that the Watercress Line held a a fantastic steam gala last weekend.  With four Great Western visiting locomotives ranging from the mighty Castle to the tiny 14xx class supplemented by the railway’s home fleet, there was non-stop steam action.2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Approaching Ropley - GWR 42xx 2-8-0T 4270 freight trainIt wasn’t just a great day for seeing locomotives.  I enjoyed the day with fellow locoyard blogger Simon of volunteer diaries fame.  We meet a other friendly volunteers too, who were only too happy to share their experiences and passion for heritage railways.

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Ropley - Enthusiasts (GWR Modified Hall class 6960 Raveningham Hall)There was plenty to see along the line, with entry including rover tickets allowing you to travel for as long as you wish.  Ropley, as usual, was the centre of many enthusiasts attention, with good reason.  The loco sheds were open, including the boiler and machine shops, with plenty of volunteers on-hand to explain it all!  Please click here to find out more!

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Ropley - BR Standard 9F Class 92212 & GWR 42xx 2-8-0T 4270Fast becoming a regular feature at the line’s gala events, the model railway in the former Parcels and Miscellaneous Van was in operation at Alresford (click here to read more.)  Also in Alresford and on the model railway front, was Dave Jones of DJ Models.  It was great to have a chat with him about the forthcoming releases from this new firm.  Please click here or on the picture below of a DJ Models pre-production 00 scale Hunslet Austerity tank engine to read more.

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Alresford - DJ Models Hunslet Austerity J94 pre-production sample 00 scalePlease scroll down to the bottom of this blog post to see links to other posts that look at the visiting locomotives in more detail and other points of interest from the event.

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Approaching Ropley - Ex-GWR 14xx Class 1450 and Autocoach W238WSimon and I noticed that the two express locomotives operating wore headboards, that added even more interest.  850 Lord Nelson wore the striking “Cunarder” headboard (click here to read more), whilst 5029 Nunney Castle was running the Pines Express.

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Ropley - Southern Railway 4-6-0 850 Lord Nelson - Cunarder headboardFinally, I just want to say a really big thank you to the railway, it’s staff and volunteers, without whom such fantastic scenes would only be in the past.

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Approaching Ropley - Ex-GWR Castle Class - 5029 Nunney CastleBlog Posts from this event:

The visitors:

The Giant Coffee Shaker

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Alresford - GWR 42xx 2-8-0T 4270When is a Hall not a Hall?

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Ropley - GWR Modified Hall class 6960 Raveningham HallNunney Castle

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Ropley - Ex-GWR Castle Class - 5029 Nunney CastleAutotrain

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Approaching Ropley - Ex-GWR 14xx Class 1450 and Autocoach W238WOther Blog Posts:

Ropley Update

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Ropley - Bulleid West Country Class 34105 Swanage frames BoilerDJ Models

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Alresford - DJ Models Ex-LSWR 02 Class pre-production sampleBrookes Castles best shots DSCN5550The Cunarder

DSCN5541Gallery of the Home Fleet

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Ropley - BR Standard 9F Class 92212

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