Pre Spring Steam Gala

Commemorating 50 years since the end of BR steam

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9th - 11th February 2018

*Final Lineup*

45379 LMS Black 5

45231 LMS Black 5 'The Sherwood Forester'

925 SR Schools Class ‘Cheltenham’

15xx Class 1501

41312 LMS Ivatt Class 2MT

76017 BR Standard Class 4MT

Rides with 03197 in the Queen Mary Brake Van at Alton

View the timetable with loco allocations

2018 marks 50 years since the end of steam on British Rail and to commemorate that historic occasion we are pleased to welcome as a guest locomotive 'Black 5' No. 45231,a former resident of ours. This is entirely appropriate as 'Black 5s' were by far the most numerous steam class in the last years of steam and a pair of them headed the famous last BR steam train, the 15 guinea special, from Carlisle to Manchester on 11 August 1968.

We aim to recreate this spectacle by pairing No.45231 with our own No.45379 with a replica 1T57 reporting number. Both locos were built by Armstrong Whitworth in 1937 and are two of 18 survivors from a class of 842 locomotives. No.45231 carries its post preservation name, 'The Sherwood Forester' and appears with our thanks to Jeremy Hosking's Locomotive Services Limited.  

We will be running our MHR goods train throughout the Gala.


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.

Alresford: Station Car park will be reserved for MHR customers only. Roads to the South of Railway have unrestricted parking , access to the Railway Station can be gained via the footpath next to Sun Lane bridge.
Ropley: Car parking available in the station car park, limited space available at the car park on Bighton Hill. 
Alton: SWT Car parks. There is plenty of space available here and parking costs £2 on weekends. 

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.