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Eastlleigh Lakeside Railway - Flying Visit 12 Feb 18
Topic Started: 13 Feb 2018, 02:19 PM (137 Views)
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Yesterday I found myself with a couple of hours to fill in the Southampton/Eastleigh area and decided to pop in "on spec" at the Lakeside Railway, not expecting to find anything happening. Pleasant surprise to find the line in operation with all facilities open - including a very impressive and satisfying cafe!

Discovered that they are open every weekend throughout the year and all school holidays - which of course includes this week with half term going on in this part of the world. Only one engine in steam as it is still February and winter after all, but I managed to count all 3 IC locoas and 18 of the 21 steam engines on the railways roster of permanently resident stock visible - 14 fully viewable stored in the station train shed immediately opposite the platform, 1 "on shed" being prepared for roster the following day, 1 working the well populated 13 coach train (5 first class covered coaches, 7 sit astride open ones and a brake open bring up the rear) and 2 10" gauge locos in the station environs. as well as 3 7" gauge locos across from the platform on open air display. All staff friendly and lots of families enjoying an afternoon out. Biggest regret - I didn't have my camera with me!

If you are starved of working railways of any size and gauge at this time of year and happen to be living or visiting the south, then I thoroughly recommend popping in to see this very vibrant operation.

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