Thomas the tank engine baby

Baby born at steam railway’s Thomas the Tank Engine event

A family who was visiting the Mid Hants Railway for their Thomas the Tank Engine event had a trip of a lifetime after their third child entered the world! The Hampshire Chronicle reported that Malali and...

SR Bulleid Pacifics steam locomotives – Class Information

This week's Class Information will be looking at the Southern Railway Bulleid Pacifics, the Merchant Navy, West Country & Battle of Britain classes. After looking into the history of both classes, we will then move...
No. 75078 at Oxenhope

BR Standard 4s (4-6-0, 2-6-0 and 2-6-4T) steam locomotives – Class Information

It's Friday which can only mean one thing... another Class Information is released, with this week's installment focusing on British Railway's (BR) Standard Class 4 designs (4-6-0, 2-6-0 & 2-6-4T). Firstly looking at the...
Fitting Pipework for the Lubrication System // Credit Mid Hants Railway

Latest news on the overhaul of steam locomotive No.35005 Canadian Pacific

Work continues at the Mid Hants Railway in overhauling SR Merchant Navy No.35005 "Canadian Pacific". Boiler and cladding The biggest progress since the last update has been on the boiler, which currently has priority in Ropley's...
45379 on the Mid Hants Railway

Bid farewell to steam locomotive No.45379 at the Mid Hants Railway this September

The Mid Hants Railway, or The Watercress Line, has announced that steam locomotive No.45379 will bow out of service in September as her overhaul approaches. The Black 5 will haul her final trains on the...
73096 // Credit Preserved British Steam Locomotives' website

Can you help the Mid Hants Railway and their steam locomotive No.73096 project?

The Mid Hants Railway (MHR - The Watercress Line) have created a BT MyDonate page in order to raise funds for their Standard 5 Project. Background Information November 2017 saw the MHR purchased BR Standard 5 No.73096...
45231 "The Sherwood Forester" Credit Paul Hill

Icons of Steam’s Black 5 visits the Mid Hants Railway

Newly-overhauled Black 5 45231 "The Sherwood Forester" has traveled to the Mid Hants Railway (also known as "The Watercress Line"), where the locomotive will stay until early 2018. The Sherwood Forester is already in action...
35005 "Canadian Pacific"'s frame back on its wheels // Credit: Sue Dixon and 35005 Canadian Pacific Project FB Page

Latest news on the overhaul of 35005 Canadian Pacific

Earlier this week, the group who is overhauling Bulleid Pacific 35005 Canadian Pacific released the latest news regarding the steam locomotive. History of 35005 Can Pac was built in 1941, and was later rebuilt in May...
35005 "Canadian Pacific" // Credit: Mike Pike and 35005 Canadian Pacific Project FB Page

Latest Progress on 35005 “Canadian Pacific”‘s Overhaul

Following on from our last article, where 35005 Canadian Pacific had its Frame and Driving Wheels were reunited, work has continued on a few fronts. Trial fitting of the re-skinned cab has shown two minor...
Eastleigh Railway Preservation Society No. 828 at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Parts of steam locomotive boiler stolen from Ropley Works

On the night of the 17th April 2018, parts of a steam locomotive were stolen from the Ropley Works on the Mid Hants Railway (The Watercress Line). The parts were for locomotive number 828, and...
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