Autumn Steam Gala

Our Autumn steam spectacular!

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Friday 19th - Sunday 21st October 2018

Experience this three day Western themed weekend. There will be seven steam locomotives, including three visitors, operating a varied timetable from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. each day.

Please click here for the Gala timetable

Manor class locos were a lighter weight version of the Grange class designed for use on cross country and branch line services on routes where heavier locos were not permitted. They became synonymous with the Cambrian section of the Western Region, but did also appear occasionally in our area on Reading to Guildford trains, whilst large prairie No. 5199 is an example of a large class of locos used widely across the entire WR network. Our 3rd visitor No 80078 is one of the standard class 4 tank locos which, whilst built at Brighton, worked part of its life in the Shrewsbury and Wrexham areas.

Of the home fleet 9F No. 92212 was built at Swindon works and spent some time at Bath Green Park shed working on the Somerset & Dorset before moving to Ebbw Junction, Newport. These locos occasionally worked WR passenger services and locally to the Watercress Line they hauled heavy oil trains from the Fawley refinery along the Didcot, Newbury & Southampton line.

Whilst standard class 4 No. 76017 and Schools class No. 925 Cheltenham were never based on the Western region, members of both of these classes did work onto Western metals on the Portsmouth to Cardiff route. A few of the Ivatt class 2 tanks, such as No. 41312, were shedded in Bristol, so creating the final WR link.

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THREE guest engines now confirmed:

1. Foxcote Manor No. 7822 will be joining us from the West Somerset Railway. The Manor class of two-cylinder 4-6-0 tender engines was designed by C. B. Collett, the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Great Western Railway. A first batch of 20 was built at Swindon in 1938. A second batch of ten was delivered in 1950, to what had become British Railways (Western Region). 7822 was one of the post-war batch, and was allocated to Oswestry depot when new. It spent its whole working life in Shropshire, Cheshire and North and Mid Wales.

2. Ex-GWR Large Prairie 2-6-2T No. 5199 courtesy of our friends at the Llangollen Railway. 5199was built in 1934; 8 of the class have been preserved; and this loco has never visited the Mid Hants Railway.

3. BR Standard '4MT' 2-6-4T No. 80078 courtesy of Stewart Robinson.
80078 last visited the Mid Hants Railway in July 2017 for the end of Southern Steam Gala. The locomotive was built at Brighton Works and entered service in February 1954. Originally working on the London, Tilbury and Southend line, 80078 came under Western Region ownership in July 1962 when she moved initially to Shrewsbury and then on to Croes Newydd, Wrexham.


Including our home fleet:

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What's on:
Behind the scene tours throughout Ropley workshop and yard; get up close and explore our locomotives under restoration. Meet at the entrance of the Education room at Ropley: 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 1pm, 2.30pm, 3.00pm, 3.30pm, 4pm

The Real Ale bar will be available on one of the trains each day. Treat yourself to a pint at only £3!

The Queen Mary brake van will be available for rides on the freight train.

View our Goods Store exhibition at Medstead 'Delivering the Goods' all about goods handling on the railway.

Browse our fantastic range of railway merchandise. Also Nigel Welbourn will be signing his book "Lost Lines Railway Treasures"

Take a ride on our miniature railway

Plus much more...
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Fares
Adult £25
Adult 3 day pass £50
Child 3 day pass £26
Child (aged 2-16 yrs) £13
Child under 2 FREE

Family (2 Adults and 2 Children 1 child effectively free) £63

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. Site/platform tickets, intermediate fares and discount vouchers, inc Tesco Clubcard vouchers, are NOT VALID for this event.

FREE parking at Ropley in the field. Postcode SO24 0BL.
Disabled parking available at Alresford and Alton stations. Disabled drop-off at Ropley station and park in the field.

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Photography and Filming

Visitors are permitted to film and/or photograph at the Mid Hants Railway Ltd for personal use only. Filming and photography for commercial gain is strictly prohibited unless pre-approved by the Company.

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

The Mid Hants Railway only permits line side access to those with a valid Mid Hants Identity Card and PTS. No other line side access is permitted, including PTS certification issued by other heritage railways, and is viewed as trespass.

We respectfully ask photographers to respect our neighbours private property and remain in publicly accessible areas. Please note that the field and crossing at Wanders Curve between Ropley and Medstead is not publicly accessible land. Thank you.

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.

Image for illustration purposes only.

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