Pre Spring Steam Gala

Opens 2017 with a Somerset and Dorset gala

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17th-19th February 2017

Our Pre Spring Gala opens 2017 with a 'Somerset and Dorset' theme. 

  • Crane demonstrations using Ransome & Rapier DS 1580 at Ropley.

  • Freight train: The Queen Mary brake will be available for rides on the freight train.

  • Come and join one of our guides at Ropley for a free behind-the-scenes tour of our current restoration projects.

  • Workshop and loco yard are open for visitors to explore in-progress restoration and non-running fleet. 

  • Find out the progress of the restoration of Merchant Navy Class Canadian Pacific - get up close to her original cab sides which still bear her 35005 engine number. 

  • Preservation Society stalls are located in the up-waiting shelter, picnic area and in the Education Viewing Gallery at Ropley. 

  • Browse our fantastic range of railway merchandise (Railwayana stall) and see the Basingstoke Model Railway Society's 30ft x 10ft 'Ropley' layout in 00 gauge in the Goods Shed, Alresford.
  • View additional wagon restoration at the London end of our sidings in Alton (for safety access reasons this area is not open to the public). 

  • Behind-the-scene tours of the yard at Medstead & Four Marks. View several of our wagons under restoration including BY S 653 and "Gunpowder" van W 105761. There will also be wagons on display in the crane dock. Find out more at the The Wagon Group stand on the platform. 
Due to circumstances beyond our control, unfortunately we are now unable to have a guest engine. As a result we have reduced our entry prices.

Timetable to be confirmed. 

Our home fleet: 

LMS Black 5 - 45379

LMS Ivatt Class 2MT - 41312

Class 9F - 92212

Class 4MT - 76017


Adult £20
Child (aged 2-16 yrs) £10
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) £50
Multi-day Pass (all three days) £40

Advance tickets include all booking fees and tickets cost the same on the day.

Entry is by travel ticket only. Once tickets are purchased they cannot be changed or cancelled for any reason. Site/platform tickets, intermediate fares and discount vouchers, including Tesco Clubcard vouchers, are NOT VALID for this event.
We are unable to offer footplate rides during this event.

Drones must not be operated on or within 50m of Mid Hants Railway property.

The Company does not guarantee that the trains will arrive or depart at the times stated and reserves the right to cancel, alter or suspend any train without notice, or to substitute a different train should this be necessary for whatever reason.

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