800111 and 801108 winding their way around Eastleigh station with 66846, 66850, 66104 and 66192 plus an UID GBRF 66. 6th May 2019

56103 and 56091 on Southampton Up Goods to Westbury, approaching Romsey on the Chandler's Ford line. 25th June 2019

61306 "Mayflower" on Princes Risborough to Weymouth tour passing through Eastleigh. 27th June 2019.

Solent Branch meetings are held in association with Mid Hants Railway - Southampton and Waterside Group.

Meetings are held at the Eastleigh Railway Institute, Romsey Road Eastleigh SO50 9FE and commence at 19:30. The room, on the first floor (sorry no disabled access), is usually open from 19:00. A bar is available for refreshments.

A donation of £2.00 is usual to help with the costs of the speaker and room hire.

Non-members are very welcome at our meetings

MEETINGS AT EASTLEIGH 2019/2020 season

10 August

Visit to Arlington’s Eastleigh Works. Meet at Campbell Road entrance at 09:45 for 10:00 start. Bookings to John Godfrey, 9 Duddon Close, West End, Southampton SO18 3QA by 23rd July, enclosing £10.00 fee payable to Solent Branch RCTS. Phone enquiries on 07850 220009 after 19:00. Limited Party size.

18 September

A presentation by Phil Dominey, Senior Regional Development Manager of South Western Railway.

16 October

St Pancras rebuild by Mervyn Dunwoody. Anyone

who had been away for years might find the famous frontage of the station as they recall it, but inside there have been major changes. Mervyn talks about some changes.

20 November

Past Mid Hants Galas by Tony Storey. Galas are now an accepted part of the heritage railway scene Tony recalls some of those on our local railway.

18 December

Our usual wind down to Christmas with films shown by Dave Doulton.

15 January

Southampton Trams with Martin Petch. Besides looking at the trams in regular operation Martin will cover the behind the scenes restoration being carried out on trams in the care of the City.

22 January

Mid Hants Group Annual General Meeting at 19.00 Your opportunity to comment upon the running of the Group and join the Committee.

22 January

Branch Annual General Meeting. Your opportunity comment upon the running of the Branch or offer your assistance and join the Committee

19 February

Canpac (Canadian Pacific) project by Becky Peacock. The speaker is the project manager for the restoration of this Mid Hants loco.

18 March

Railway Allsorts by Ken Mumford. Like the licorice variety a chance for anything.

15 April

Indian Hill Railways by David Peel. A chance to

learn about those trains which climb onto the Indian mountains and have regularly featured in television programmes.

20 May

Hollycombe by a representative of the museum.

A look at the exhibits at this country based site.

Last updated: 29th June 2019

Eastleigh Wednesday 17th July
Observation Evening at Eastleigh Station from 1630