49th Commemoration of the End of Southern Steam

49th Commemoration of The End of Southern Steam 9th July 2016 Railway Touring Company West Coast Eastleigh (01) No. 45699 Ex-LMS BR Crimson Stanier Jubilee 6P class 45699 GalateaToday the 49th anniversary of the end of steam in the south was marked by a special rail tour hauled by Stanier Jubilee class 45699 Galatea.  It was great to see steam on the mainline for this commemoration, especially considering mainline operations not too long ago looked in doubt.  Although this wasn’t a Southern steam engine, I was not bothered, indeed quite the opposite, It was great to see the spectacle of steam on the mainline, especially as it was a locomotive and class that I hadn’t seen before.

It was an unusually (for 2016) bright day and so the lighting wasn’t perfect, but other than that it was good to see both the locomotive and others enjoying the sight of it!

49th Commemoration of The End of Southern Steam 9th July 2016 Railway Touring Company West Coast Eastleigh (17) No. 45699 Ex-LMS BR Crimson Stanier Jubilee 6P class 45699 Galatea editI was successfully photo-bombed by a Cross Country trains Class 220, but other than that am pleased with the results.

49th Commemoration of The End of Southern Steam 9th July 2016 Railway Touring Company West Coast Eastleigh (13) Cross Country trains Class 220 photo bombThe pictures were taken in Eastleigh, where the special train stopped for a few minutes.

49th Commemoration of The End of Southern Steam 9th July 2016 Railway Touring Company West Coast Eastleigh (19) No. 45699 Ex-LMS BR Crimson Stanier Jubilee 6P class 45699 GalateaGalatea soon moved on and I watched it disappear underneath Campbell Road bridge which was lined with onlookers, including none other than Locoyard blogger Simon!  I had the pleasure of catching up with Simon for a coffee afterwards.

49th Commemoration of The End of Southern Steam 9th July 2016 Railway Touring Company West Coast Eastleigh (23) No. 45699 Ex-LMS BR Crimson Stanier Jubilee 6P class 45699 Galatea Campbell Road bridgeThe final shot below is somewhat different and shows class 33207 Jim Martin at the rear of the service whilst Flybe Embraer ERJ-195LR about to land at Southampton Airport, representing a very different form of transport.

49th Commemoration of The End of Southern Steam 9th July 2016 Railway Touring Company West Coast Eastleigh (27) Flybe - Embraer ERJ-195LR G-FBEG & Class 33 BRCW Type 3 Crompton Bo-Bo D6592 33207 Jim MartinThanks for reading!

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