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Steam trains through Whitchurch

added Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Tangmere billowing smoke on a previous journey through Whitchurch.

Steam trains

The next few days will be a bonanza for those who enjoy the sight of a steam hauled train, with several expected to pass through Whitchurch, including three next Tuesday.
Locally there are several excellent places to enjoy the spectacle. Why not pop up to Whitchurch railway station itself, walk across the fields to the bridge towards South Farm, view them from the fields near Bere Hill or perhaps even cycle out to the St Mary Bourne Viaduct for a special sighting.

Important note:
• Timings are those as presently known, and are liable to change.
• The locomotives are those expected at time of publication.

If further information is available we will endeavour to post it here or on the Facebook page, but no guarantee can be given as to accuracy. WHITCHURCH FACEBOOK

Friday 5th July
The famous Tornado 60163 will be powering through Whitchurch twice as it hauls its carriages from Lewes in Sussex to Salisbury.
Tornado is the newest steam locomotive, taking its first journey in 2008, having been built, not as a replica but as the 50th A1 Class loco.
Local timings are estimated as:

Outward
1336 dep Basingstoke
1408 arr Andover
Return
1721 dep Andover
1750 arr Basingstoke

Tuesday 9th (UPDATED with approx times)
(UPDATED Now Diesel Hauled due to a Network rail Steam ban))
There should be another chance to see Tornado (see update) as it hauls a train from Swanage up to Andover before passing through Whitchurch on the way to London.

2023 dep Andover
2051 arr Basingstoke

Tuesday 9th (UPDATE: CANCELLED)
On 9th July 1967 steam locomotives ceased operating in the Southern Region of British Railways. Two ex-Southern Railway locomotives will be hauling the excursion named ‘The End of Southern Steam’ through Whitchurch.
Loco Tangmere 34067 will be on the outward journey from London to Exeter, while the return will be pulled by the Britannia Pacific loco Oliver Cromwell, 70013

Wednesday 10th July (UPDATED with approx times)
The steam hauled VSOE (Venice Simplon Orient Express) is expected to pass through Whitchurch en-route to Bath. This luxury Pullman train is a wondrous sight, evoking memories of a bygone age.
Expected locomotive is the Merchant Navy class Clan Line 35028.
Expected departure from London Victoria is 0845.

Local timings are estimated as:

Outward
1036 dep Basingstoke
1108 arr Andover
Return
1855 dep Andover
1920 arr Basingstoke

PLEASE
Please don’t blame the website team if anything changes! Steam engines can be fickle, as can be seen by the updates above!


2 Responses to “Steam trains through Whitchurch”

  1. Rainbeaux says:

    Hi
    Thanks for posting this info. sorry I only read it on Saturday 7th! Do you have any updates on times for Tuesday 9 and Weds 10 yet? Any thoughts on a good viewing point for the London bound trips?
    Cheers
    Rainbeaux

  2. Rainbeaux says:

    Sorry, the answer re viewing point is in your picture! The new bridge.

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