Locomotives formerly resident on the Watercress Line

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Motive power (partial list)[edit]

The railway has operated or been home to various groups and or owners of locomotives that have left the line.

Steam locomotives[edit]

Number & Name Class Current Status Location Livery
Slough Estates Ltd No.3 Hudswell Clarke & Co 0-6-0ST Operational – Supplied new to the Slough Estates Railway in 1926, No.3 left industrial service in working order, moving to the Mid Hants in 1974 when the Slough Estates Railway was closed. Some time later, No.3 was stripped-down for overhaul, but this was never completed. During the 1980s, No.3 was transferred to the care of the Slough & Windsor Railway Society[1] and moved to Slough, where full restoration commenced. After another move, to the Swindon and Cricklade Railway, restoration was completed and No.3 returned to steam in 2000. A major overhaul was undertaken in 2009 (completed November) in order to renew the locomotive's boiler certificate. Middleton Railway Slough Estates Railway lined green
No. 10 "Douglas" (Works 2890 WD75041 LMR107 NCB3882) Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST Under overhaul – Built for the War Department in 1943 as 75041, the engine was later moved to the Longmoor Military Railway and was renumbered 107, later sold into industrial use with the Nation Coal Board before being preserved in 1976. Purchased for use on the Mid Hants line in the late 1990s the engine was rebuilt and converted from a saddle tank to a 0-6-0 tender configuration resembling 'Douglas' from the Thomas the Tank Engine series. The tender frame was a former LMS Fowler 3500 gallon example purchased from British Railways after use as an internal user vehicle but with a new body of a unique design. After several years of use on the line the engine and tender were sold to the Ribble Steam Railway Preston, Lancashire n/a
No. 701 "Franklin Roosevelt" (3278) USATC S160 Class 2-8-0 Under overhaul – Purchased from Greece in 1984 and delivered to the Mid-Hants where the locomotive was restored and finished as Longmoor Military Railway 701 and named after the 32nd President of the USA. The locomotive left the line and moved to the South Coast Steam Portland, Dorset n/a
No. 5224 GWR 5205 Class 2-8-0 Loan period completed and relocated from Ropley March 2012. Crewe BR Black
No. 3672 "Dame Vera Lynn" WD Austerity 2-10-0 Stored – Purchased from Greece in 1984 along with 90755 and 701 but sold and delivered to the Lavender Line at Isfield in August 1984. The locomotive was quickly overhauled and became active again in August 1985 when the locomotive was named Dame Vera Lynn by the Dame herself. The locomotive was finished in a fictional livery of BR passenger lined green with 'WD' branding on the tender and numbered as WD 3672.

The locomotive was later sold and moved to the Mid-Hants in early 1986 where the engine was examined and found to require some major repairs, the locomotive was not steamed or used on the line and with no available space in the works queue for several years the owner moved to engine the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in December 1986.

3672 was steaming again in April 1989 and consistently ran high mileages on the Yorkshire line however by November 1998 the locomotive was withdrawn pending a works overhaul and placed in store.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway Lined Green
No. 30075 (62-669) JŽ Class 62 0-6-0T Relocated Barrow Hill Roundhouse for boiler repairs/overhaul.[2] Now at the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) for the work to be carried out. Great Central Railway (Nottingham) Pseudo BR Black
No. 30076 (66-521) JŽ Class 62 0-6-0T Relocated un-restored to Barrow Hill Roundhouse. Barrow Hill Roundhouse N/A
No. 30120 LSWR T9 Class 4-4-0 Operational – Preserved by British Railways via the NRM, this locomotive was stored until 1981 when loaned to the Mid Hants Railway and restored to working order in 1983.

During 1991 the loan was ended and 30120 was relocated to the Swanage Railway for the remaining duration of its boiler certificate. In 1994, the locomotive was moved to the Bluebell Railway for display and storage until 2008 when again moved, to the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, for another restoration to working order. This was completed on 11 August 2010 when 30120 was returned to operational condition. [3]

Bodmin and Wenford Railway BR Lined Black
No. 31625 SR U Class 2-6-0 Stored - Purchased from Barry Scrapyard and moved to the Mid-Hants in 1980. The locomotive has been out of service since 2001 and has been painted as James the Red Engine. It departed the line in August 2014 following the expiration of its loan agreement and is currently stored at a private site prior to being restored to working order for use on the Swanage Railway. Private site NWR Red
No. 31806 SR U Class 2-6-0 Operational - Purchased from Barry Scrapyard and moved to the Mid-Hants in 1976. This locomotive returned to service following overhaul in 2010 and departed the line in September 2014 following the expiration of its loan agreement. It is the only surviving example of a rebuilt SR K Class 2-6-4T. Swanage Railway BR Lined Black
No. 31874 SR N Class 2-6-0 Under Overhaul - Purchased from Barry Scrapyard and moved to the Mid-Hants in 1974. The locomotive has been out of service since 1997 and it departed the line in August 2014 following the expiration of its loan agreement and is currently being overhauled to working order for use on the Swanage Railway. Herston Works N/A
No. 34016 "Bodmin" SR West Country Class 4-6-2 Stored - Purchased from Barry Scrapyard and a member of the Mid-Hants locomotive fleet for many years, while also spending a period of time running on the mainline. The locomotive departed the line in June 2014 following the expiration of its loan agreement and is currently stored at Carnforth pending overhaul. West Coast Railway Company BR Lined Green
No. 34067 "Tangmere" SR Battle of Britain class 4-6-2 Operational – Purchased from Barry Scrapyard and delivered to the Mid-Hants where initial restoration began. Very active on both heritage and mainline railways over the years. Mainline BR Lined Green
No. 34073 "249 Squadron" SR Battle of Britain class 4-6-2 Stored – Purchased from Barry Scrapyard and delivered originally to Brighton Railway Museum. A move to the Mid-Hants followed, before a further move to the East Lancs Railway. It was moved again to Carnforth in 2014. West Coast Railway Company n/a
No. 35009 "Shaw Savill" SR Merchant Navy Class 4-6-2 Under restoration – Placed on the Mid Hants Railway for a while during the 1980s/1990s. Now Restoration has begun in its new home, The East Lancashire Railway. East Lancashire Railway n/a
No. 35018 "British India Line" SR Merchant Navy Class 4-6-2 Under restoration – Purchased from Barry Scrapyard in 1980, restoration started and had reached an advanced stage in 2003 when the engine left for South Coast Steam. West Coast Railway Company n/a
No. 44123 LMS Fowler Class 4F 0-6-0 Under restoration – Purchased from Barry Scrapyard and delivered to the Mid-Hants where initial restoration began, later moved to the Avon Valley Railway in 1984. Avon Valley Railway n/a
No. 45231 LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 4-6-0 Mainline – Purchased from British Railways directly in 1968 45231 has been very active on both heritage and mainline railways over the years.

45231 arrived on the Mid Hants in February 2005 and was used on both mainline tours and local work on the railway, the Black Five departed in January 2007 to the East Lancs Railway.

East Lancs Railway BR Lined Black
No. 47324 LMS Fowler Class 3F 0-6-0 Operational – Purchased from Barry Scrapyard and delivered to the Mid-Hants where initial restoration began, moved to Avon Valley line and then to the East Lancs Railway. East Lancs Railway BR Black
No. 60019 "Bittern" LNER Class A4 4-6-2 Operational - Left July 2010 when its contract expired. It is currently based at Southall. Mainline BR Green
No. 68011 (196) "Errol Lonsdale" Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST Operational – Purchased from Kent & East Sussex Railway and used in the early years of operations gaining the nickname of 'puddle jumper', the engine was later sold and left the railway. Laterly painted faux BR livery and numbered 68011 as a LNER Class J94 on the South Devon Railway the engine was resold to a line in Netherlands and exported in 2009. Netherlands BR Black
No. 73096 BR Standard Class 5 4-6-0 Stored – Purchased from Barry scrapyard in July 1985 and overhauled to working order at Ropley workshops in October 1993, the engine ran on the Mid Hants until 2011 when it was withdrawn from service. The locomotive departed the line in November 2014 following the expiration of its loan agreement and is currently stored at Southall prior to its overhaul and return to the main line. Southall Railway Centre BR Lined Green
No. 90755 ("Sturdee") WD Austerity 2-10-0 Under overhaul – Purchased from Greece in 1984 and delivered to the Mid-Hants where the locomotive was restored and finished in both fictions BR livery as 90755 in 1986 and later as Longmoor Military Railway 601 and named "Sturdee" after the Lieutenant General Sir Vernon Ashton Hobart Sturdee. Sold to a group on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in 1992 the locomotive left that line in 2003 and was sold to Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway Society on the North Norfolk Railway. North Norfolk Railway BR Black

Diesel locomotives[edit]

Number Class Current Status Location Livery
601 (890) "General Lord Robertson" Sentinel/Rolls-Royce 0-8-0 diesel-hydraulic In Service – Last new locomotive to be delivered to the Longmoor Military Railway in 1963. Moved to the Mid Hants in 1985 and again moved to the Avon Valley in 1987 due to damage to point work around Ropley.

[4] [5]

Avon Valley Railway LMR Blue
12049 BR Class 11 Scrapped - Undergoing body repairs and repaint, when heavily damaged by fire on 26 July 2010, which consumed the Mid Hants railway carriage and paint shop. N/A N/A
12139 BR Class 11 In Service – Arrived on the Mid-Hants in 1982 and left in 1983, this locomotive is identical to the BR Class 11, however this example never served with the LMS or British Railways and carries the next number in the class sequence. North Yorkshire Moors Railway BR Black
25067 (D5217) BR Class 25 In Service – Battlefield Line Railway BR Green
33012 (D6515) BR Class 33 In Service – Swanage Railway BR Blue
45132 British Rail Class 45 Under Overhaul. Relocated in September 2014 to the Epping and Ongar Railway. Built in 1961. One of the first batch of 'Peak' diesels, it has a split headcode box for corridor working, which was never used in active service. Withdrawn from British Rail in 1987. Epping Ongar Railway BR Blue
50027 (D427) "Lion" BR Class 50 In Service – Withdrawn from mainline service in 1991 50027 arrived on the Mid Hants Railway in 1992 with generator problems (the cause of the locomotive's failure/withdraw), after approximately 2 years stay on the Mid Hants 50027 departed for the NYMR in 1994. returned to the Mid-Hants Railway in 2012

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway NSE Revised
73003 (E6004) "Sir Herbert Walker" BR Class 73 In Service – Swindon and Cricklade Railway BR Green
W55003[7] (DMBS) BR Class 122 Single railcar.
Operational. Has a Main-line Certification.
Now in service on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway BR Green

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.swrs.co.uk
  2. ^ [1] Project 62 Official website
  3. ^ [2] B&WR Stock list
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ [4]
  6. ^ [5] Brief history of 50027 in preservation
  7. ^ Restoration of Class 122 W55003

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