Rolling stock of the Watercress Line

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The Watercress Line operates a wide variety of locomotives and other stock as part of its preserved operations. A comprehensive bank of information about the railway's locomotives and rolling stock can be found on the Watercress Line's website in the Rolling Stock section.

Steam Locomotives[edit]

The railway plays host to a number of steam locomotives, some of which are owned by the railway whilst the majority are privately owned by individuals. The railway primarily aims to operate locomotives that would have been seen on the railway during its lifetime as a non-preserved railway. A list of former resident locomotives can be found here.

Operational[edit]

Number & Name Description Current Status Livery Image
No. 1 "Thomas" (works number 3781 of 1952) Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST Operational. Originally built by Hunslet as Austerity-type 0-6-0ST saddle tank 3781 of 1952, later named Linda on the Kent & East Sussex Railway. Converted to a side-tank locomotive in order to create a lookalike LB&SCR E2 class No. 1 "Thomas" in 1994.[1] NWR Blue Thomastrain.jpg
No. 925 "Cheltenham" SR V Schools class 4-4-0 Operational. Built in 1934, part of the National Collection. Overhaul completed at Eastleigh.[2] The locomotive first ran at the Autumn Steam Gala 2012. SR Malachite Green CHELTENHAM MID HANTS RAILWAY YORK RAILFEST JUNE 2012 (7343144030).jpg
No. 41312 LMS Class 2MT 2-6-2T Operational, Recently returned to traffic at the 2016 Spring Gala. Boiler Certificate expires in 2025. BR Black, Late Crest Steam engine and footbridge at Alresford - geograph.org.uk - 1289296.jpg
No. 45379 LMS Black Five 4-6-0 Operational. Built in 1937. Boiler ticket expires in 2020 BR Black, Late Crest LMS Black 5 - No. 45379 (6899609672).jpg
No. 76017 BR Standard Class 4 2-6-0 Operational. Built in 1954. Returned to service for the first time in 21 years in July 2016. Boiler ticket expires in 2026. BR Black, Early Crest 34016 & 76017 at Ropley shed yard.jpg
No. 92212 BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 Operational. Built in 1959. Owned by Jeremy Hosking The boiler certificate expires in 2019. BR Black, Late Crest 9f (369033483).jpg

Undergoing Overhaul/restoration[edit]

Number & Name Description Current Status Livery Image
No. 30499 LSWR S15 class 4-6-0 Under restoration at Ropley (moved from Alresford headshunt on 6 May 2011). Built in 1920. It has now started to be dismantled for restoration. It has be grounded on a concrete block and a new cab made as a replacement.[3] N/A
No. 30506 LSWR S15 class 4-6-0 Under overhaul. Built in 1920. Boiler has returned from Crewe following copper welding. Frames receiving attention. Tender may be coupled to 499 in future. New tender body is being constructed from a Hampshire Unit test van underframe from a N15X rebuild which in turn came from a Urie S15. The Group hope to have 506 up and running by late 2016. SR Wartime Black S15 No 506 at rest in Ropley shed yard.jpg
No. 828 "Harry A. Frith" LSWR S15 class 4-6-0 Undergoing overhaul. Built in 1927. Boiler repairs underway. Frames are finished, overhaul expected to take another 2–3 years. SR Olive Green SR 828.jpg
No. 34105 "Swanage" SR West Country Class 4-6-2 Under Overhaul. Built in 1950. New smokebox has been constructed and the cab is being rebuilt. Wheels and boiler now removed. BR Lined Green West Country class pacific No 34105 Swanage on the Mid Hants Railway.jpg
No. 35005 "Canadian Pacific" SR Merchant Navy Class 4-6-2 Frames are currently at Eastleigh Works under overhaul, the boiler is now at Ropley. Built in 1941. A fund has been set up to get the loco working again. Bulleid Pacific "Canadian Pacific". - geograph.org.uk - 642646.jpg
No. 75079 BR Standard Class 4 4-6-0 Under restoration at Ropley. Built in 1956. N/A

Locos in Storage[edit]

Number & Name Description Current Status Livery Image
No. 34058 "Sir Frederick Pile " SR Battle of Britain Class 4-6-2 In Storage at Alresford, Built in 1947. following relocation from the Avon Valley Railway in December 2010. Locomotive has complete Bulleid tender on component form and majority of required parts to complete restoration.[4] N/A SR WC 4-6-2 34058 Sir Frederick Pile, Bitton, AVR 25.3.1991 (9922349116).jpg
No. 80150 BR Standard Class 4 2-6-4T In storage at Alresford. Built in 1956. Unrestored since 'rescue' from Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry, South Wales. Fabrication of common parts with 75079's restoration being made. N/A Tunbridge Wells West Station geograph-2206637.jpg
No. 850 "Lord Nelson" SR Lord Nelson Class 4-6-0 Built in 1926. At the MHR under agreement with the National Railway Museum and the Eastleigh Railway Preservation Society. Formerly based at Stewarts Lane depot in London for mainline service until 2007, and later at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. The loco was withdrawn from service on 27 December 2015 and will undergo overhaul once 76017's overhaul is completed. It may return to steam in BR green carrying the number 30850 SR Malachite Green Lord Nelson Arrives at Medstead and Four Marks - geograph.org.uk - 1414119.jpg
No.34007 "Wadebridge" SR West Country Class 4-6-2 Withdrawn from service on Sunday 6 March 2016, following the expiry of its boiler certificate. Current Status stored. BR Lined Green 34007 Departing Ropley - Mid Hants Railway (9112703473).jpg

Diesel Locomotives[edit]

The railway also has a range of Diesel Locomotives and Multiple Units. Locomotives are primarily used for shunting and are rarely used on scheduled passenger services. During long periods of dry weather such as July 2013, steam locomotives may be withdrawn due to the risk of line side fires, requiring the trains to be hauled by the diesel Class 50 on a revised timetable.

Operational[edit]

Number & Name Description Current Status Livery Image
08377 (D3462) British Rail Class 08 Operational, moved from West Somerset Railway March 2013 to replace D3358, in use as Alresford shunter to move coaching stock. BR Green Bishops Lydeard bay platform D3462.jpg
12049 (originally 12082) British Rail Class 11 Operational. Moved from Barrow Hill and renumbered 12049 after the original 12049 was destroyed in the Ropley shed fire in July 2010. Used as the shunter for locomotive movements at Ropley. BR Green
37901 'Mirrlees Pioneer' (D6850) British Rail Class 37/9 Operational, sole preserved class 37 with a Mirrlees MB275T engine. Railfreight Grey
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. Privately owned and maintained by a small team of volunteers. Network SouthEast Revised Grosmont Depot MMB 06 50027.jpg
1125 (205025) British Rail Class 205 Operational. Used on various days of the year. Diesel-electric multiple unit (DEMU) built in 1959. Known as the 'Hampshire Unit' in Mid-Hants Railway timetables; it has proved very popular with volunteers and visitors alike. Class 205 (also known as "2H") DEMUs operated all passengers on the line during the final years of British Rail ownership (pre 1973). Owned by the Mid-Hants Railway. BR Green 205025 at Arlesford.jpg

Undergoing Overhaul/Restoration, repair[edit]

Number & Name Description Current Status Livery Image
08032 "Mendip" British Rail Class 08 Not currently operational; after returning from overhaul at Eastleigh it had developed an electrical fault preventing the engine from starting. Yeoman Blue 08032 merehead 050507 d.adkins.jpg
D3358 (08288) British Rail Class 08 Non-operational, currently having a complete rewire with a potential return to traffic. BR Black Class 08 08288 (D3358) (8061921001).jpg

Stored[edit]

Number & Name Description Current Status Livery Image
D5353 (27007) British Rail Class 27 Not Operational. Was in service until 2000 when it was withdrawn for a major overhaul. Formerly used on Scottish Lowlands services by British Rail. On 3 February 1983 whilst working the 13:50 Aberdeen – Inverness its train became derailed by a broken rail near Elgin, which killed one passenger and a further 8 were injured. Privately owned.[1]. In storage at Alresford. BR Green Diesel locomotive at New Alresford - geograph.org.uk - 1655816.jpg
D6593 (33208) British Rail Class 33 Overhaul was under way at the Battlefield Line Railway in 2010, following a major traction motor flashover in March 2009. Class 33 diesels were regularly seen on the Mid-Hants when it was part of British Rail. Current status unknown. BR Green Rail Tour departure! - geograph.org.uk - 684050.jpg

No longer at the railway / Moved elsewhere[edit]

Number & Name Description Current Status Livery Image
37324 (D6799) British Rail Class 37 Arrived at the railway's 2014 diesel gala to supplement the resident fleet. Carries the name 'Clydebridge'. Left the railway in March 2016 following purchase by Colas Rail, with whom it will return to mainline service after refurbishment under its original TOPS number, 37099 without nameplates. It has indeed left the railway to join Colas rail and will be missed by many BR Blue.
37905 (D6836) British Rail Class 37/9 One of two Class 37s modified with a Ruston RK270T engine and GEC alternator, painted in unprototypical Green livery. Left the railway in March 2016 with status "Stored Serviceable" at UK Rail Leasing in Leicester. It will return to the railway temporarily for the 2016 Diesel Gala. BR Green
37901 British Rail class 37/8 Joined the MHR fleet shortly after joining the ELR. It has not left yet as it is planned to be used on the line for the final time before moving to Colas Rail and joining fellow line loco 37324 which has now left the Mid Hants. 33053 will be returning to join the MHR fleet

Passenger coaches[edit]

The railway currently operates mainly British Railways Mark 1 for its locomotive hauled services.

General service trains normally consist of sets of four or five coaches, with a general maximum of six due to limited platform lengths at most of the line's stations.

Traditional Southern Railway/Region features of fixed sets formations (typified by a brake coach at each end of the rake) and identifying set numbers painted on the brake coaches external bulkhead ends are not followed by the management of the line.

For a period in the 1990s to early 2000s, the railway invested heavily in British Railways Mark 2 stock whilst significantly reducing its Mark 1 fleet. These vehicles were used on the railway's regular services and on mainline steam charters (known at the time as 'The Green Train') but after a change in direction, both with the abandonment of the charter business and the preference to Mark 1 stock, these more modern coaches fell from favour and were later sold en-bloc to another operator. The Mid-Hants then after many years of winding down its Mark 1 fleet started to purchase stock from other operators and began a programme of rebuilding and overhaul for their Mark 1s.

Very few coaches from the old Southern Region found a preservation home on the Mid-Hants with most coming via the Eastern Region and some as far as Scotland arriving on the line still displaying the former owner's ScotRail branding.

The Mid-Hants standardized on BR Southern green for all of its home based fleet, a contrast to the 1980s, when the whole period of British Railways steam era liveries were in use. Today only one or two coaches stray outside this policy ("Watercress Belle" coaches excepted). In January 2015 4 LBSCR coach bodies for 6 wheel coaches were donated to the Mid Hants Preservation Society. The Mid Hants Railway/Watercress Line does not have any loco that would be small enough to go with the coaches and they would not fit in with other rolling stock, the current plans for the coaches are unknown.

Outside the very numerous Mark 1 home fleet, a number of more vintage Southern vehicles are undergoing restoration or are currently in service.

Pre-nationalisation passenger coaches[edit]

Number (Type) Original Operator / Owner Description / Current Status Livery
S1456S   
(Bulleid Restaurant Third Open)
Southern Railway Under Restoration. SR Withdrawn from passenger use in 1966 and converted for railway departmental use as an office until 1980 when preserved at the Bluebell Railway. On loan from the Bluebell Railway until 2037. n/a
S3190S   
(Warner Brake Third)
Southern Railway Stored. LSWR design but SR built Ironclad third brake coach, arrived on Mid Hants in 1979, but as mid-2000s stored at Alton after many years use as shop (for supporting the restoration of 34105 'Swanage') and finally as volunteer accommodation. Generally the coach is in good condition with partial interior still extant following withdrawal from passenger service and conversion for departmental use. n/a
S4211S   
(Bulleid Brake Third)
Southern Railway Recently returned to traffic following a complete bodywork overhaul. .[5] SR Malachite Green
S4367S   
(Bulleid Brake Third)
Southern Railway Under restoration. After withdrawal this carriage was modified for use by the British Army at one of its railway networks (Marchwood, Longmoor, Long Marston etc.) and arrived on the Mid-Hants in 1992 in poor but substantially complete condition. This coach was subsequently heavily vandalised whilst in store. Restoration ongoing.[5] n/a
M45045M  
(Inspection Saloon)
London Midland and Scottish Railway Stored/offered for sale. Resident from 2000 to 2005 as part of the ‘Medstead Millennium train’, sold after the abandonment of that project and moved to Crewe Heritage for overhaul and returned to Mid Hants in May 2010 fully after full overhaul.[6] Currently for sale. LMS Maroon

British Railways Mark 1 passenger coaches (catering cars)[edit]

Number (Type) Original Operator / Owner Description / Current Status Livery
S1105  
(Griddle)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Former Restaurant first rebuilt by BR to Griddle configuration in 1965. Currently configured to run on B4 Bogies British Railways Green
S1807  
(Restaurant Miniature Buffet)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Built for locomotive haulage, this carriage was later formed into a SR electric unit for a period in the 1970s/80s with B4 Bogies. British Railways Green
S1851  
(Restaurant Miniature Buffet)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Built for Southern Region, ex set 875 & 888. Believed to be last minute transfer to Southern Region at delivery as this batch of RMBs (1849–1852) were outshopped in BR maroon livery but branded S1849-S1851. Later in life, this carriage had its interior rebuilt in the style of a BR built CEP electric units. Currently configured to run on B4 Bogies British Railways Green
S1668  
(Buffet Restaurant)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Used in the Mid-Hants dining train 'The Watercress Belle'. Currently configured to run on Commonwealth Bogies Pseudo Pullman - Umber and Cream
S1973  
(Restaurant Unclassed)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Used in the Mid-Hants Sunday lunch dining train 'The Countryman'.[7] Currently configured to run on Commonwealth Bogies. Pseudo Pullman - Umber and Cream

British Railways Mark 1 passenger coaches[edit]

Number (Type) Original Operator / Owner Description / Current Status Livery
S3067  
(First Open)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Built for use on the Southern Region, purchased by the Mid Hants in 1982 in very good condition as refurbished by BR for use on special trains for the Pope's visit in 1982. Used in the Mid-Hants dining train 'The Watercress Belle'. Carries the name 'Sage'. Pseudo Pullman - Umber and Cream
S3070  
(First Open)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Built for use on the Southern Region, purchased by the Mid Hants in 1982 in very good condition as refurbished by BR for use on special trains for the Pope's visit in 1982. Used in the Mid-Hants dining train 'The Watercress Belle'. Carries the name 'Fern'. Pseudo Pullman - Umber and Cream
S3738  
(Tourist Second Open)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - British Railways Green
M3766  
(Tourist Second Open)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Arrived from West Coast Railways base at Carnforth after a swap with Met Cam Pullman 351. Replacement for S4712 which was subsequently scrapped after the carriage shed fire in 2010. Had previously been the oldest Mark 1 vehicle in use on the national network as part of the WCR charter stock, and had also featured in the train scenes for the film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. WCRC Maroon
S3769  
(Tourist Second Open)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - British Railways Green
S3906  
(Tourist Second Open)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Built at Southern Region works Eastleigh. British Railways Green
S4224  
(Tourist Second Open)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - British Railways Green
S4423  
(Tourist Second Open)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - British Railways Green
S4549  
(Tourist Second Open)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - One of the two original coaches delivered to the Mid-Hants by rail in 1976. British Railways Green
S4600  
(Tourist Second Open)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - One of the two original coaches delivered to the Mid-Hants by rail in 1976. British Railways Green
S4822  
(Second Open)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Originally built as a Second Open with 2+1 seating, finished and branded by the Mid-Hants as a First Open. Currently configured to run on B4 Bogies British Railways Green
S4823  
(Second Open)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Originally built as a Second Open with 2+1 seating, finished and branded by the Mid-Hants as a First Open. Currently configured to run on B4 Bogies British Railways Green
M4910  
(Tourist Second Open)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - British Railways Maroon
S4977  
(Second Open)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - British Railways Green
W14023  
(Brake First Corridor)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - One of only 11 remaining Mk 1 BFK coaches preserved, used on mainline excursions until 2007, when first moved to Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, then moved to Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre in May 2009, before arriving at the Mid Hants in April 2014. British Railways Maroon
E15939  
(Corridor Composite)
British Railways Mark 1 Awaiting Overhaul - Previously based at Colne Valley Railway before moving to Mid Hants in April 2005. Pseudo LNER Tourist Green & Cream
S16083  
(Corridor Composite)
British Railways Mark 1 Out of Service - British Railways Green
M21208  
(Brake Corridor Composite)
British Railways Mark 1 Awaiting Overhaul - British Railways Maroon & Cream
S21236  
(Brake Corridor Composite)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Formally used as 30828 Support Coach British Railways Green
S21252  
(Brake Corridor Composite)
British Railways Mark 1 Awaiting Overhaul - British Railways Green
S25591  
(Brake Corridor Composite)
British Railways Mark 1 Awaiting Overhaul - British Railways Maroon
S34618  
(Brake Second Corridor)
British Railways Mark 1 Departmental Service - Built for the Southern Region, ex Set 524. Now used as an office. British Railways Green
S34947  
(Brake Second Corridor)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Built for the Southern Region, ex Set 531. British Railways Green
S35317  
(Brake Second Corridor)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Used as 30850 Support Coach British Railways Green
S35329  
(Brake Second Corridor)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Previously used as 73096 Support Coach British Railways Green
S35331  
(Brake Second Corridor)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Converted by BR for departmental use. After purchase for preservation, the Mid-Hants rebuilt the coach as a 'Real Ale Bar', running for many years in Green and Cream livery. Used for the 'Watercress Belle' dining train as a generator car after being converted from a Real Ale Bar. British Railways Crimson and Cream

Passenger coaches formerly resident on the Mid Hants Railway (partial list)[edit]

Pullman Cars[edit]

Number (Type) Original Operator / Owner Description / Current Status Current Location
278 Bertha   
(Pullman Kitchen Composite)
Pullman Undergoing Overhaul - All-steel Pullman car formerly contained in SR '6PUL' electric unit and called 'Bertha', withdrawn and stored/converted for departmental use by BR. Purchased for preservation in 1973 before arriving on the Mid Hants in 1976, moved to Bluebell Railway for restoration to locomotive hauled condition. Latterly sold again and moved for overhaul for possible use on the Swanage Railway. Carnforth
311 EAGLE   
(Pullman Kitchen First)
Pullman In Service - Joined the Mid Hants Pullman fleet in January 2009 from several years service on the Bluebell Railway and left 2 years later for Tyseley Railway museum. Tyseley Locomotive Works
315 HERON   
(Pullman Kitchen First)
Pullman For restoration - Stripped out departmental coach; possibly will be dismantled for spares for other Pullman cars. Carnforth
325 AMETHYST   
(Pullman Parlour First)
Pullman In Service. Carnforth
351   
(Pullman Parlour Second)
Pullman Sold - Departed the railway in November 2014 Southall

London South Western Railway passenger coaches[edit]

Number (Type) Original Operator / Owner Description / Current Status Current Location
S3187S  
(Brake Third Corridor)
LSWR Departmental Service - Purchased in 1979 with partial interior, sold in 1985 and subsequently damaged by fire losing much of its original interior. Mangapps Railway Museum
S7832   
(Restaurant Composite)
LSWR Undergoing Overhaul - Built as restaurant car, then rebuilt as a saloon by the Southern Railway and used as such until 1943 when used by the British (and possibly US) army in the Second World War as an ambulance coach. Used at various British army bases until sold for preservation in 1977 arriving on the Mid Hants in 1978 and used as a departmental coach until sold to private owner who moved the coach off the line in 1993. Pontypool Blaenavon
S7838   
(Restaurant Composite)
LSWR Undergoing Overhaul - Built as restaurant car, then rebuilt as a saloon by the Southern Railway and used as such until 1943 when used by the British (and possibly US) army in the second world war as an ambulance coach. Used at various British army bases until sold for preservation in 1977 and arrived on the Mid Hants in 1978 and used as a departmental coach until sold to private owner who moved the coach off the line in 1993. Pontypool Blaenavon
S7851   
(Warner Restaurant Third)
Southern Railway Scrapped - Unique LSWR design but SR built Ironclad Restaurant coach, (one of only 2 SR built dining cars to be preserved) long-term restoration to passenger carrying condition started in May 2010.[5][8]

However, on 26 July 2010, the Mid Hants Railway carriage works suffered a major fire, after many years in store awaiting overhaul and with much work completed, the completely stripped down 7851's wooden body was completely destroyed and the heat damaged frames were later scrapped during August 2010. [9] [10]

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Southern Railway passenger coaches[edit]

Number (Type) Original Operator / Owner Description / Current Status Current Location
S1323S  
(Third Open)
Southern Railway In Store - Former Maunsell TO which was subject to push pull conversion by BR in 1960 and used in Set 611. Arriving on Mid Hants in 1982 in departmental condition. In heavily vandalized state, the coach was donated to Swanage Railway in 2005 and placed in store for possible Heritage Grant to rebuild into SR push pull set along with other former Mid Hants resident Maunsell Brake 6697. Swanage Railway
S2850S  
(Brake Third Corridor)
Southern Railway Scrapped - Unique former Bulleid BTK of 3-car set 967, this lone remaining example of the short framed Bulleid series of coaches arrived on Mid Hants in 1978 from Chipmans Chemicals as a spray coach and in departmental condition. Little restoration undertaken until 1990 when sold to Swanage Railway. The effects of weather and vandalism sealed its fate and was completely scrapped at Medstead. n/a
S3719S  
(Brake Third Corridor)
Southern Railway Scrapped - Former Maunsell BTK of 4-car set 205 and later of 2-car set 193, Arrived on Mid Hants in 1976 by rail in departmental condition, used as such until 1990 when sold to Swanage Railway. The combined effects of weather and vandalism sealed its fate when its body was scrapped at Medstead, the bogies removed to Swanage and underframe resold to the Bluebell Railway where it still exists. Bluebell Railway
S4449S  
(Brake Unclassed Open)
Southern Railway Scrapped - 1933 built Maunsell Non-descript Boat Brake, later classified BSO. Arrived on Mid Hants in 1978 as an Ambulance Car as converted by BR in the 1960s . It had nothing of it's original interior left on arrival. Fitted with bunks for passenger bound for Lourdes and renumbered S7923S. Later used in departmental service as DB975406. Heavy restoration started with further conversion work undertaken as disabled carriage for the line; however, a shunting accident heavily damaged the almost completed restored carriage in 1984 when the remains were sold to Swanage Railway and then was scrapped at Medstead. n/a
S5761S  
(Corridor Composite)
Southern Railway In Service - Purchased privately from mainline service in 1970 in complete passenger carrying condition. 5761 was in need of a complete mechanical and structural overhaul before this early Bullied designed vehicle could be used in preservation. Resident on the Mid-Hants from 1978 to 1985, when the owner transferred the carriage to the Swanage railway overhaul was completed in 2014 and entered service for its first regular passenger carrying use since 1968. Swanage Railway
S6601S  
(Brake Composite Corridor)
Southern Railway Scrapped - Former Maunsell BCK, Arrived on Mid Hants in 1978 in departmental condition from the Western Region in good condition with partial interior and complete guards area. Little restoration undertaken until 1990 when sold to Swanage Railway. The effects of weather and vandalism sealed its fate and was completely scrapped at Medstead. n/a
S6697S  
(Brake Composite Corridor)
Southern Railway In Store - Former Maunsell BCK which was subject to push pull conversion by BR in 1960 in Set 619. Sold to Chipmans Chemicals as a spray coach for weedkilling duties in 1965, sold for preservation arriving on Mid Hants in 1984 in departmental condition. Some restoration undertaken in the late early 1990s but the effects persistent attention of local vandals saw the abandonment of the project. Donated to Swanage Railway in 2005 and placed in store for possible Heritage Grant to rebuild into SR push pull set along with other former Mid Hants resident Maunsell Third Open 1323. n/a

London Midland and Scottish Railway passenger coaches[edit]

Number (Type) Original Operator / Owner Description / Current Status Current Location
M381M   
(Sleeper First)
London Midland and Scottish Railway Scrapped - Purchased 1983, scrapped at Eastliegh works due to poor condition and asbestos contamination. n/a
M1501M   
(Corridor Third)
London Midland and Scottish Railway Exhibition Service - Purchased for preservation in 1980 by London Midland Society (then owners of LMS 3F 47324 and 4F 44123) and used in departmental service as shop to generate funds for the restoration of the groups locomotives. The group's stock left the Mid Hants in 1986 for the Avon Valley Railway before ultimately being restored as an exhibition coach on the Peak Rail line. Peak Rail
M3286M   
(Restaurant Kitchen)
London Midland and Scottish Railway Departmental Service - Former Kitchen car, later converted to Track Recording coach by BR, little restoration undertaken at MHR, sold to Peak Rail in 1992, externally restored and used in departmental duties. Peak Rail

British Railways Mark 1 passenger coaches[edit]

Number (Type) Original Operator / Owner Description / Current Status Current Location
M1555  
(Restaurant kitchen Buffet)
British Railways Mark 1 Scrapped - Purchased in 1990, moved for contract asbestos removal but abandoned and scrapped instead. n/a
S1806  
(Restaurant Miniature Buffet)
British Railways Mark 1 Scrapped - Purchased in 1982 and in service until 2001 when attacked by vandals and burnt out. n/a
S1840  
(Restaurant Miniature Buffet)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Purchased in 1982 and in service until 2006 when sold as part of the 'Green Train' Charter set when moved permanently away from the Mid Hants. Carnforth
S1961  
(Restaurant Unclassed)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Purchased in 1994 and used as main catering vehicle for lines 'Countryman dining service' and also registered for use mainline. Remained in service until 2006 when sold as part of the 'Green Train' Charter set when moved permanently away from the Mid Hants. Carnforth
M3043  
(First Open)
British Railways Mark 1 Scrapped - Purchased in 1977 for use on the Mid Hants and was part of the re-opening train, its role later changed to at that of dining saloon on the Mid-Hants dining train The Watercress Belle. In service until early 1982 when sold and removed from the line. n/a
S3065  
(First Open)
British Railways Mark 1 Restaurant - Built for the Southern Region, used in the Mid-Hants dining train 'The Watercress Belle' carries the name 'Orchid'

Purchased by the Mid Hants in 1982 in very good condition as refurbished by BR for use on special trains for the Pope's visit in 1982 (along with S3067 and S3070) and in service until early 1999 when sold and removed from the line for possible use on a main line charter set. Later sold for use as a dining area at The Hound Inn.[11]

Arlecdon, Cumbria
S3748  
(Tourist Third Open)
British Railways Mark 1 Stored - Purchased in 1989 for spares and storage, however offered for sale in 2003 and sold for heritage railway use. Wisbech & Upwell Tramway
S4354  
(Tourist Third Open)
British Railways Mark 1 in Service - Purchased in 1988, sold 1995. Churnet Valley Railway
S4489  
(Tourist Third Open)
British Railways Mark 1 Exhibition Service - Purchased in 1982 and in service until 1984 when heavily damaged in shunting accident. Stripped and placed at Alresford as a museum coach until 1992 when sold to perform the same purpose for Bideford Railway Heritage Centre in 1992. Bideford
S4606  
(Tourist Third Open)
British Railways Mark 1 Dwelling - Purchased in 1982 however shunting accident heavily damaged carriage in 1984 and sold to 'Cedar Tree' Inn, Nutbourne, Chichester' Chichester
S4656  
(Tourist Third Open)
British Railways Mark 1 in Service - Purchased in 1982, in service on the railway until circa 2000 when stopped for overhaul, however offered for sale in 2002 and sold for heritage railway use. Bodmin and Wenford Railway
S4712  
(Tourist Second Open)
British Railways Mark 1 Scrapped - Destroyed in Ropley works by fire of July 2010 n/a
W9377  
(Brake Second Open)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Purchased in 1985, sold 2001 to Kent and East Sussex Railway for overhaul, sold again in 2003 to current operator, in service 2008 after renovation. Currently configured to run on Commonwealth Bogies Dean Forest Railway
S13088  
(First Corridor)
British Railways Mark 1 Dwelling - Purchased in 1978, sold in 1991 and converted into a dwelling. Burbage, Wiltshire
W15798  
(Composite Corridor)
British Railways Mark 1 Scrapped - Purchased in 1976, used in service trains until scrapped in circa 1988. n/a
W15927  
(Composite Corridor)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Purchased in 1983, sold 1987. In service with current operator. Kent and East Sussex Railway
W15960  
(Composite Corridor)
British Railways Mark 1 Stored Unserviceable - Purchased in 1983, sold 1988. Used in service by new owners until circa 2007 when withdrawn for overhaul. Great Central Railway
W15961  
(Composite Corridor)
British Railways Mark 1 Under Overhaul - Purchased in 1983, sold 1987 to Kent and East Sussex Railway and used until circa 2004, then sold again for restoration to a private owner. Cheddar
W16012  
(Composite Corridor)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Purchased in 1983, sold 1991. Used and sold by several operators, overhauled at Cranmore East Somerset Railway before entering service at the Bluebell railway. Bluebell Railway
W16019  
(Composite Corridor)
British Railways Mark 1 Scrapped - Purchased in 1983, sold 1991 to Bodmin and Wenford Railway subsequently scrapped in 2010. n/a
S16204  
(Corridor Composite)
British Railways Mark 1 Awaiting Overhaul - Moved to Crewe in late 2016.[12] Crewe LNWR Heritage Company
E21077  
(Brake Composite Corridor)
British Railways Mark 1 Scrapped - Purchased in 1976, used in service trains until scrapped in September 1984. n/a
NE21092  
(Brake Composite Corridor)
British Railways Mark 1 Undergoing Overhaul - Purchased in 1976, used in service trains until converted as generator van for 'Watercress Belle' dining train in the mid-1980s with much of the interior stripped and the time of conversion. Sold in 1989 for the same purpose to another preservation line after a more suitable replacement (BR full brake M81101) was purchased. Later sold again with view to restoration to passenger carrying condition. Long Marston Exchange Sidings
W25032  
(Corridor Second)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Purchased in 1982, sold 1991 to South Devon Railway further sold in 2005 to current operator. Wensleydale Railway
W25347  
(Corridor Second)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Purchased in 1982, sold 1991. Nene Valley Railway
W25778  
(Corridor Second)
British Railways Mark 1 Hotel - Purchased in 1999 for use on the Medstead Millennium Train, the vehicle was formerly a corridor second by was internally stripped and converted into a semi saloon. Sold after the abandonment of that project and moved to Coalport Station.[13] Coalport Station
S35207  
(Brake Second Corridor)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Purchased in 1982, sold 1992 to Venice-Simplon Orient Express but further sold in 2000 and overhauled at East Somerset Railway for use on the Bluebell Railway. Bluebell Railway
S35276  
(Brake Second Corridor)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Departmental conversion purchased as support coach for Bulleid locomotive 34067. On the Mid-Hants briefly in 1996-7 period before moving on North Yorkshire Moors Railway

British Railways Mark 1 non corridor passenger coaches[edit]

Number (Type) Original Operator / Owner Description / Current Status Current Location
E43012  
(Lavatory Composite)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Purchased in 1978 and in use until 1982, sold to another operator in 1989. Llangollen Railway
E43116  
(Second)
British Railways Mark 1 Under Restoration - Purchased in 1978 and in use until 1982. Sold to another operator in 1985 who resold to current owner in 2009. Whitwell & Reepham railway station
E43161  
(Brake Second)
British Railways Mark 1 Scrapped - Purchased in 1978 and in use until 1982. Sold to another operator in 1985 and subsequently scrapped after fire. n/a
E43190  
(Brake Second)
British Railways Mark 1 In Service - Purchased in 1978 and in use until 1982. Sold to another operator in 1985. Further overhauled and in service. Quainton Road railway station
E46069  
(Brake Second)
British Railways Mark 1 Scapped - Purchased in 1978 from the Army and used as an office at Ropley. Scrapped for spare parts in 1983. n/a

British Railways Mark 2 passenger coaches[edit]

Number (Type) Original Operator / Owner Description / Current Status Current Location
M5125  
(Tourist Second Open)
British Railways Mark 2 Stored - First British railways Mk2 coach purchased for use on the Mid Hants Railway in 1990. Purchased and used by the Mid Hants railway on service trains and MHR the 'Green Train' mainline charter set. Most MHR owned/operated BR Mk2 carriages were sold en bloc to another operator in 2006 when the MHR ceased their mainline operations. Now owned/operated by West Coast Railway Company Carnforth
M5141  
(Tourist Second Open)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1997 and used by the Mid Hants railway on service trains. Most MHR owned/operated BR Mk2 carriages were sold en bloc to another operator in 2006 when the MHR ceased their mainline operations, 5199 was offered for sale in 2007 and sold for heritage railway use. Plym Valley Railway
M5171  
(Tourist Second Open)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1993 and used by the Mid Hants railway on service trains and MHR the 'Green Train' mainline charter set. Most MHR owned/operated BR Mk2 carriages were sold en bloc to another operator in 2006 when the MHR ceased their mainline operations. Now owned/operated by West Coast Railway Company Carnforth
M5199  
(Tourist Second Open)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1997 and used by the Mid Hants railway on service trains. Most MHR owned/operated BR Mk2 carriages were sold en bloc to another operator in 2006 when the MHR ceased their mainline operations, 5199 was offered for sale in 2007 and sold for heritage railway use. Plym Valley Railway
M5200  
(Tourist Second Open)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1993 and used by the Mid Hants railway on service trains and MHR the 'Green Train' mainline charter set. Most MHR owned/operated BR Mk2 carriages were sold en bloc to another operator in 2006 when the MHR ceased their mainline operations. Now owned/operated by West Coast Railway Company Carnforth
M5216  
(Tourist Second Open)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1997 and used by the Mid Hants railway on service trains and MHR the 'Green Train' mainline charter set. Most MHR owned/operated BR Mk2 carriages were sold en bloc to another operator in 2006 when the MHR ceased their mainline operations. Now owned/operated by West Coast Railway Company Carnforth
M5216  
(Tourist Second Open)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1997 and used by the Mid Hants railway on service trains and MHR the 'Green Train' mainline charter set. Most MHR owned/operated BR Mk2 carriages were sold en bloc to another operator in 2006 when the MHR ceased their mainline operations. Now owned/operated by West Coast Railway Company Carnforth
M5236  
(Second Open)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1991 and used by the Mid Hants railway on service trains and MHR the 'Green Train' mainline charter set. Most MHR owned/operated BR Mk2 carriages were sold en bloc to another operator in 2006 when the MHR ceased their mainline operations. Now owned/operated by West Coast Railway Company Carnforth
M5222  
(Second Open)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1993 and used by the Mid Hants railway on service trains and MHR the 'Green Train' mainline charter set. Most MHR owned/operated BR Mk2 carriages were sold en bloc to another operator in 2006 when the MHR ceased their mainline operations. Now owned/operated by West Coast Railway Company Carnforth
M5239  
(Second Open)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1991 and used by the Mid Hants railway on service trains and MHR the 'Green Train' mainline charter set. Most MHR owned/operated BR Mk2 carriages were sold en bloc to another operator in 2006 when the MHR ceased their mainline operations. Now owned/operated by West Coast Railway Company Carnforth
M5243  
(Second Open)
British Railways Mark 2 Scrapped - Purchased 1991 and used occasionally by the Mid Hants railway on service trains, resold to Wessex Trains in 1998 but remained on the line until 2001 when subject of an arson attack and subsequently scrapped in early 2002. n/a
M5249  
(Second Open)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1991 and used by the Mid Hants railway on service trains and MHR the 'Green Train' mainline charter set. Most MHR owned/operated BR Mk2 carriages were sold en bloc to another operator in 2006 when the MHR ceased their mainline operations. Now owned/operated by West Coast Railway Company Carnforth
W9382  
(Brake Second Open)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1997 as a source of spares for the railways Mk2 fleet, however sold and exported in 2003. Railway Preservation Society of Ireland
W9391  
(Brake Second Open)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1992 and used by the Mid Hants railway on service trains and MHR the 'Green Train' mainline charter set. Most MHR owned/operated BR Mk2 carriages were sold en bloc to another operator in 2006 when the MHR ceased their mainline operations. Now owned/operated by West Coast Railway Company Carnforth
W9392  
(Brake Second Open)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1992 and used by the Mid Hants railway on service trains and MHR the 'Green Train' mainline charter set. Most MHR owned/operated BR Mk2 carriages were sold en bloc to another operator in 2006 when the MHR ceased their mainline operations. Now owned/operated by West Coast Railway Company Carnforth
W9390  
(Brake Second Open)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1997 as a source of spares for the railways Mk2 fleet, however sold in 2002. Churnet Valley
W9401  
(Brake Second Open)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1990 and used by the Mid Hants railway on service trains and MHR the 'Green Train' mainline charter set. Most MHR owned/operated BR Mk2 carriages were sold en bloc to another operator in 2006 when the MHR ceased their mainline operations. Now owned/operated by West Coast Railway Company Carnforth
E13440  
(First Corridor)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1997 and used by the Mid Hants railway on service trains and MHR the 'Green Train' mainline charter set. Most MHR owned/operated BR Mk2 carriages were sold en bloc to another operator in 2006 when the MHR ceased their mainline operations. Now owned/operated by West Coast Railway Company Carnforth
W13450  
(First Corridor)
British Railways Mark 2 Scrapped - Purchased 1994 but scrapped in 2002 after arson attack. n/a
W13474  
(First Corridor)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1997 and used by the Mid Hants railway on service trains and MHR the 'Green Train' mainline charter set. Most MHR owned/operated BR Mk2 carriages were sold en bloc to another operator in 2006 when the MHR ceased their mainline operations. Now owned/operated by West Coast Railway Company Carnforth
W13475  
(First Corridor)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1997 as a source of spares for the railways Mk2 fleet, however sold and exported in 2003. Railway Preservation Society of Ireland
W14089  
(Brake First Corridor)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 2003 from the East Kent Railway, offered for sale in 2007 and sold for heritage railway use. Plym Valley Railway
W14097  
(Brake First Corridor)
British Railways Mark 2 In Service - Purchased 1991 and used by the Mid Hants railway on for use a support coach circa 2000. MHR owned/operated BR Mk2 carriages were sold en bloc to another operator in 2006 when the MHR ceased their mainline operations. Now owned/operated by West Coast Railway Company Carnforth

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mid-Hants railway in colour. Alan C Butcher. 1996. ISBN 978-0-7110-2465-6.pp36
  2. ^ Cheltenham returns to Eastleigh Works | Watercress Line Official statement by the Mid Hants Railway concerning 30925 Locomotive
  3. ^ Charlesworth, David (September 2007). "Mid-Hants Railway Loco Histories". Archived from the original on 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  4. ^ Mid Hants Railway News article
  5. ^ a b c MHR Vintage Carriage Group Archived 23 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Observing Maunsell | Watercress Line Mid Hants Railway Website News M45045]
  7. ^ History of Coach 1973
  8. ^ Maunsell Coach S7851 | Watercress Line Mid Hants Railway Website News S7851]
  9. ^ Remains of LSWR dining car, Ropley, MHR, UK, 24 August 2010 - Steam Tube - The home of steam on the net! Image of 7851 after the damaged by fire
  10. ^ Scrap from fire-damaged carriage, Ropley, MHR, UK, 31 August 2010 - Steam Tube - The home of steam on the net! Photograph of scrapping of 7851 heat warped steel underframe
  11. ^ Image of S3065 at the Hound Inn
  12. ^ http://www.cs.vintagecarriagestrust.org/se/CarriageInfo.asp?Ref=1649
  13. ^ Coalport Station website

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