The signal box is also a relic from a bygone age, and a brass plaque explains that was originally at Netley, and it was closed on 9 March 1980. It was re-erected at this site and reopened on 14 October 2007.
With much growling and steam our train arrived and I was able to have a close look at the coupling method used. In South Africa we use a knuckle type coupling and our trains do not have buffers. The two locos were connected with a chain! I will be honest it did not look very safe to me, and coupling a train like that on a regular basis must have been a very dangerous job
One more train was scheduled to arrive, but it we would have to wait awhile, so I drifted off to find that locomotive shed. There wasn’t much to see from the gate, but there was one class of loco that I wanted to see standing there.
It was almost time to go, a quick last look around a a few pics and we were off back to Southampton. It had been a really interesting journey, and the next day we would continue by looking at Medstead and Four Marks Station, as well as the end/beginning of the line at Alton.
© DRW 2013-2018. Images recreated 10/04/2016