All indoor meetings are cancelled at Eastleigh until further notice.

The Branch attended the Southampton Model Railway Exhibition at Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh SO50 5BX on 25&26 January 2020 10:00-17:00 (Sat) and 10:00-16:30 (Sun). With John Godfrey, Dave Doulton, Paul Gosling, Martin Hilton and John Goodrich manning the stand.

Edward C Vaughan, long term Secretary of the Solent Branch passed away in the early hours of 15 October 2019 after a short battle with cancer. Ted, as he was known to everyone, was a stalwart of the Branch and will be sorely missed by members of the Branch. As Chair of the Branch for some 30 years I have been able to rely on Ted providing a first class service in all things relating to the Society.

Ted, born in Sydenham in 1943 took to trains from early in his life. His sister remembers accompanying him on visits to local stations such as Welling and his home station Sydenham and then helping with marking off numbers in his Ian Allan books.

Following a career in finance Ted migrated north before returning south and finished his working career in Southampton.

Apart from the RCTS Ted was a volunteer at the National Trust property at Mottisfont Abbey and supported the Hythe Tramway.

Teds contribution to all these bodies will be sadly missed.

Ted was cremated at the Test Vally Crematorium on 31 October. The Society was well represented and at his own request Ted was cremated in a white casket bearing pictures of 4472 Flying Scotsman together with suitable soundtracks of steam train departing and the Slow Train by Flanders & Swan.

John Godfrey

Chair, Solent Branch RCTS

Quote from our branch Chairman

“Passed the (Eastleigh) Works around 13:45 looked like an open day in the making! Two Green 47’s, Green 37, various 73’s, ROG 47 and DRS 57. The yard yielded 60026, 3 x 08’s, celebrity 66’s (679 for one), 1 x Maritime liveried 66 plus several GBRf liveried ones and a couple of DB examples. Oh and a Colas 70. Who says there is no variety on the network these days!!”

4th October 2019



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



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


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

Last updated: 8th October 2020