Lakeside Country Park

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Lakeside Country Park
Beach Lake, Lakeside Country Park, Eastleigh.jpg
Beach Lake, one of the three lakes in the park
Type Country park
Location Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK
Coordinates 50°57′25″N 1°21′50″W / 50.957°N 1.364°W / 50.957; -1.364
Area 60 acres (240,000 m2)
Operated by Eastleigh Borough Council
Status Open all year

Coordinates: 50°57′25″N 1°21′50″W / 50.957°N 1.364°W / 50.957; -1.364

Lakeside Country Park is a country park just south of the town of Eastleigh in Hampshire. The park covers 60 acres[1] and is home to the Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway.

The park is on the site of old gravel workings, with lakes formed from gravel pits.[1] As well as the lakes themselves, the park boasts meadows and some young woodland.[1]

In April 2005, a band of travellers illegally set up camp in the park and on surrounding land, including allotments, with over a dozen caravans there at one stage.[2] The travellers were there for five days[3] and left large amounts of rubbish behind, which was not cleared for some weeks, and was subsequently set ablaze by local children.[2][4]

The park is bounded by the Eastleigh urban area to the north, the A335 road to the east, the boundary between Eastleigh and Southampton to the south, and Monks Brook to the west.

Eastleigh Lakeside Railway[edit]

Eastleigh Lakeside station is the centre of operations for the Eastleigh Lakeside Railway
Lakeside County Park Railway[5]
Monks Brook Playround
Station and Workshops

A dual gauge 10 14 in (260 mm) / 7 14 in (184 mm) light railway was established in the park in 1992, originally as a temporary layout.[6] A more permanent track was laid down in 1993, as the railway company was granted a three-year lease.[6] Five years later, a longer lease was negotiated and construction began on the two stations, Eastleigh Parkway and Monks Brook.[6] They were opened in 1999, although further work on the layout itself was carried out in 2000.[6] A tunnel was added in 2003, and Eastleigh Parkway station was extended in 2005 with the addition of a café and shop.[6]

loco number Name Type Railway Gauge Notes
1001 The Monarch Steam ELR 10
1002 The Empress Steam Example 10
2005 Silver Jubilee Steam Example 10 Out of Service
2006 Edward VIII Steam SBCR 10 Out of Service
21C1 Channel Packet Steam SOUTHERN 10
7 Sandy River Steam ELR 10
70055 Rob Roy Steam British Rail 10
850 Lord Nelson Steam SOUTHERN 10
4498 Sir Nigel Gresley Steam A4 Pacific 10
10 Sir Arthur Heywood Steam ELR 7.25 Out of Service
4789 William Barker Steam Atlantic 7.25
3 Francis Henry Lloyd Steam ELR 7.25
1908 Ernest Henry Upton Steam SOUTHERN 10
6220 Coronation Steam LMS 10 on loan to railway
6100 Royal Scot Steam LMS 10 on loan to railway
D1994 Eastleigh Diesel ELR 10
92 Florence Diesel ELR 10
3221 University of Southampton Electric propulsion ELR 10
no David Curwen Steam DR 7.25
761 Taw Steam SOUTHERN 7.25
no Sanjo Steam SJAANR 7.25
850 Lord Nelson Steam SOUTHERN 7.25 for sale
no Idris Steam MHLR 7.25 out of service

Water sports centre[edit]

In 2014 funding was approved towards the replacement of the current lakeside buildings with two new buildings with improved toilets and changing facilities, storage, offices and a multi-purpose function room. The estimated cost of the scheme is £2.5 million, of which £1 million has been allocated from the New Homes Bonus and £371,000 from the Eastleigh Local Area Committee. The new buildings are expected to open in late 2015 or early 2016.[7]

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