Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Lion Returns- 50027 re-enters traffic at the Mid-Hants railway

50027 approaches Alton with the first train from Alresford

'Lion' basks in the sun at Medstead and Four Marks
On 13th October 2012 50027 made a welcome return to passenger traffic at the Mid-Hants 'Watercress' line. This railway was of course the locos original preservation railway having arrived after sale from BR in 1992. Some while later the locomotive in 'revised' NSE blue headed for new territories in North Yorkshire- staying for close to 17 years at the NYMR before moving back south to a home slightly more befitting it's Network South East identity.
50027 approaches Alresford- the sun is not playing ball!
The day brought out the crowds, and good weather, for three round trips of the line (the final one terminating at Medstead and Four Marks) with the 50, while steam locomotives 34007 'Wadebridge' and 850 'Lord Nelson' worked the regular steam services.

Awaiting departure from Ropley with the final run to Alton

50027 performs a shunt manoeuvre at Medstead
 Thanks is due to all involved in the organisation of the running day- hopefully there will be more to come- maybe with an extra coach or two next time!? I am sure the railway would have been even more thrilled with takings had the train conveyed the buffet and real ale coaches...
50027 arrives at Medstead with it's last train of the day.

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