EASTLEIGH — the birthplace of so many Southern loco’s —provides a fitting departure point with trains running over the freight only route via CHANDLERS FORD and ROMSEY to link with the LSWR at Salisbury. Beginning with an overview of the route using previously unseen footage of more recent motive power (Class 50s, 47s, 37s and 59s), the programme then follows all steam workings to August 1993. We start with 75069 and 34027 Taw Valley hauling the double-headed test run to Exeter on the 10th June 1992. Many other steam ‘firsts’ and unusual workings include; the quadruple-header from EASTLEIGH to CLAPHAM JUNCTION, M7 No. 30053’s first mainline run, Harry Frith’s superbly restored award-winning S15 No. 828 and the surprise turnout of 2MT No. 46521 with perhaps the most unusual rake of stock yet seen on the mainline.
Steam loco’s featured in this highly absorbing video include:
34027 Taw Valley - 777 Sir Lamiel - 70000 Britannia - 75069 - 30053 - 46521 - 828
Running time: 60 mins. approx.
Narration: Raoul Beaman
Raoul, aformer BR signalbox telegraphist and ex-volunteer driver on the West Somerset Railway, has compiled a complete set of professional audio recordings of every Class 50 member since 1976.
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