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Hampshire Unit Days


On selected days throughout the year the Hampshire Unit, affectionately known as Hammy, will be operating in addition to our standard steam service.

The Hampshire Units were one of several classes of Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) built by the Southern Region of British Railways.
The DEMUís came to the Mid Hants line in November 1957, taking over from M7 steam locomotives.  The DEMUís reduced the journey time and saw an hourly service introduced on the line Ė even on Sundayís.  The units were so successful in arresting declining passenger numbers that overcrowding became a problem. 
The units had a design life of 15 years as it was envisaged that the lines over which they operated would have either been electrified or closed by the time that the units planned life cycle had been exhausted.  In actual fact the units completed 47 years main line service with several examples passing into the hands of Heritage Railways and are now approaching 50 years old Ė a real tribute to British engineering.

Not The Last Thump
In 2014 we celebrated ten years in preservation of our Hampshire Unit 1125. It arrived by rail on 18th May 2004, being driven here from Selhurst depot following withdrawal by operator South Central Trains and sale by leasing company Porterbrook.

'The Last Thump' was a farewell railtour run that year to mark the passing of these popular units. 

Image courtesy of David Snow, taken at Alton on 18 May 2004.

Find out more about Hampshire Unit 1125

Running Days 2016
20, 21, 27, 28 February 
22 - 24 April - Diesel Weekend
15 May - Watercress Festival
17 July - Alton Bus Rally
17, 18 September - Open Weekend
1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, October

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