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Mid-Hants Railway – From Construction to Closure 1865 – 1973


Complete history of the now preserved line from Alton to Alresford. The full line was constructed between Winchester Junction and Alton in the 1860s and opened in 1865. This book traces the history of its construction with many rare photographs and plans. Description of services along the route including the early years through to the M7 push-pull years which lasted until 1957 and the introduction of the ‘Hampshire’ DEMUs. The book follows the struggle to keep the line open through the Beeching cuts period of the 1960s and later the culmination of hopes to retain the line which sadly ended with BR closure in 1973.

large format paperback 112 pages with photographs

Mid-Hants Railway – From Construction to Closure 1865 – 1973 by Roger Hardingham 

A reprint in paperback format of this detailed history of The Mid-Hants Railway. Within seven chapters the story of the very beginnings of the line between Alton and Winchester showing the construction period through rare photographs and documents. The route is described as it progressess through Medstead & Four Marks, Ropley, Alresford and Itchen Abbas and then arrives at Winchester Junction on the London to 

Southampton Railway. Development of train services from the early days and then the much-loved ‘M7’ tank push-pull trains which then gave way to diesel era and the ‘Hampshire’ DMUs. Other chapters include the line as a diversionary route, accidents on the line and the final fight for survival in the early 1970s. 

Fully illustrated paperback, 112 pages