Ropley Works

  • First trains for BR green Cheltenham since 1962

    First trains for BR green Cheltenham since 1962

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    THE National Railway Museum’s Maunsell ‘V’ class 4-4-0 Cheltenham has re-entered traffic at the Mid-Hants Railway following its repaint into British Railways livery as No. 30925.  The refreshed ‘Schools’ made its Brunswick green debut on September 14, the first time it had hauled a passenger train in this guise since 1962.  Cheltenham is pictured arriving at…

  • Cheltenham ‘resplendent’ in BR lined green at Mid-Hants Railway

    Cheltenham ‘resplendent’ in BR lined green at Mid-Hants Railway

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    ‘SCHOOLS’ class 4-4-0 Cheltenham has emerged from the Mid-Hants Railway’s (MHR) Ropley workshops as No. 30925, resplendent in British Railways’ lined green. The repaint of the National Railway Museum locomotive was completed by Heritage Painting with assistance from MHR volunteers, transforming it from Southern Railway malachite green into the guise the loco carried during its final…

  • VIDEO: A short footplate ride on Urie S15 No. 506

    VIDEO: A short footplate ride on Urie S15 No. 506

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    If you’ve watched our clip of the recent relaunch intro traffic of Urie S15 No. 506 at the Mid-Hants Railway, you may be interested to see what life is like on the 4-6-0’s footplate, as shown in this video.

  • Mid-Hants ‘S15’ ready for comeback after almost two decades on the sidelines

    Mid-Hants ‘S15’ ready for comeback after almost two decades on the sidelines

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    URIE Locomotive Society-owned ‘S15’ No. 506 has steamed at the Mid-Hants Railway ahead of an imminent return to service.  The Eastleigh-built 4-6-0 last ran in 2001, and since then has received extensive boiler repairs along with a comprehensive bottom-end overhaul.  This work has included the removal and replacement of the front bufferbeam, and attention to corroded…

  • Coming up in Issue 253 of HR: Mid-Hants Urie S15 set for May return

    Coming up in Issue 253 of HR: Mid-Hants Urie S15 set for May return

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    THE Mid-Hants Railway is looking forward to the eagerly-anticipated return to traffic of Urie S15 No. 506 this summer. As featured in issue 250, the 4-6-0 is fast approaching completion at Ropley Works. With its steam test set to take place at the end of April, the locomotive is due to enter traffic during May.…

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