The Friends of the
National Railway Museum

South of England Group
Vice Presidents: Richard Hardy; Sir William McAlpine Bt, FRSE, FCIT, FRSA

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Mid-Hants Railway
  20 June 1999

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On Sunday 20 June, our party arrived from various parts of the south of England at Ropley for a visit to the mid-Hants Railway. Some of us had travelled down on the service train from Waterloo, changing at Alton onto the MHR train.

This was hauled by Standard Class 5 No 73096.
We were met by the MHR team who then took us on a guided tour around the workshops.

In here was a locomotive, whose name is well-known to us, Class 31 Captain Bill Smith, named after and by our President. It was undergoing restoration to make it ready for service.

Out in the yard were a number of locos, including SR U class 2-6-0 No 31625.

The MHR, like many other preserved lines, gains a lot of income from Thomas the Tank Engine days, and there was the engine itself (a.k.a. Hunslet works no 3781 of 1954).

We then boarded the dining train for a trip along the line to the headquarters at Alresford and to Medstead and Four Marks, where the train was held for us to finish our lunch.

This didn't, however, prevent our Secretary, Ian Harrison, from boarding the footplate of our train engine, LMS 2MT 2-6-2T No 41312.
After completing our meal and engoying the return trip through the glorious Hampshire countryside, we all departed our separate ways.