First visit to the Watercress Line 2013 – Chasing a Schools Class and Exploring Alton

December 2012 was an excellent steam-filled month, with three visits to the Watercress Line, two mainline tours and a visit to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway (see the Steam Diary to read more).  With the exception of a visit to Eastleigh’s miniature railway (click here to read), January has been much quieter, but today’s…

Mid-Hants Autumn Steam Spectacular 2011 – The Home Fleet

As promised in yesterdays post, today we will see the Watercress Line’s home fleet in action at last years Autumn Steam Spectacular.  As mentioned previously, the weather was terrible, but it made for some great photograph opportunities.  All three locomotives illustrated here will be running at this weekend’s Autumn Steam Spectacular 2012 – the full…

Schools Class V – 925 Cheltenham at Ropley

In a change to the scheduled post, tonight I wanted to share with my followers my first proper look of recently restored Schools class 925 Cheltenham, that I was fortunate to catch today in a rather sunny Ropley loco yard.  Restored to working order in Eastleigh works (the locomotive’s birthplace) in just two years; it…