Old Romsey railways

Many thanks to Richard Courage, Neil Kearns and Andrew Moody for many of the photos

Romsey Villages



East Dean Railway gates

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Relief signalman John Brodie opening the manual gates at East Dean Crossing . John was well known in the district , he worked at many boxes including Romsey and Halterworth - well liked fellow, who taught us all a lot about signaling .


From East Dean Signal Box

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Hampshire DEMU No 1101 stops at Dean station with a service from Portsmouth

 - Salisbury - picture taken out of the window of Dean Signal box.

East Dean signal box

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Block shelf & instruments at Dean signal box - This box also controlled the intermediate signals at Alderbury - the coloured box in the right corner are the controls. The left instrument on the shelf contacts Dean Hill - the next block post to the east.


Est Dean railway

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An engineers train heading towards Eastleigh hauled by a Crompton class 33 past East Dean level crossing between Dean and Dean Hill

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West Dean station, date unknown

Dean Hill


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Portsmouth - Cardiff passenger hauled by Brush type 4 locomotive passes Dean Hill photo taken from the signal box. The Dean Hill military complex in the background with connecting siding still in use - 1974


East Dean railway

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WR Hymek class diesel passes the up home signal at Dean Hill with an evening Cardiff - Portsmouth train . The section from Dean is straight & allows some fast running as noted here.


East Dean signal box

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This is the block shelf at Dean Hill signal box, this was a reverse box ,the signalman's back was to traffic - r/h is to Dunbridge & l/h to Dean - early 70 s



Photo 9

This is the block shelf at Dunbridge signal box with diagram of the line set up .The instrument closest is a Preces 1 wire to Romsey and the other end is a BR standard 3 position to Dean Hill. We have a train on line coming from  Dunbridge  & Dean Hill


Dunbridge Station

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Crompton class 33 - 33039 passes Dunbridge station 1988- with a Bristol - Portsmouth passenger working .

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Taken just to east of Dunbridge station , the Fawley to Plymouth  oil train derailed , this was one of the tank cars awaiting rescue. Others were recovered & sent to Romsey yard, the passenger has just left the station  & is heading towards Kimbridge - early 70 s


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828 passing Dunbridge on its first acceptance trip in February 1993.

Neil Kearns does slide shows on behalf of ERPS who own 828 and are restoring it at

Ropley on the Mid Hants Railway.This is the link to our web site -http://www.erps.co.uk/index.html



Photo 13

Horsebridge Signal Box


Horesbridge Station after closure

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A shot taken after the line was closed of Horsebridge station (Sprat & Winkle Line)


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Horsebridge Platform


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Horsebridge Station 1912


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Horsebridge Station 1890 (Sprat & Winkle Line)

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Horsebridge Station 1912 (Sprat & Winkle Line)



Kimbridge train

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VSOE / RCTS excursion as it approaches Kimbridge Junction on route from Romsey back to Victoria via Andover & Basingstoke ---


Kimbridge Junction

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Hampshire Demu takes the Andover line (Sprat & Winkle Line) at Kimbridge Junction with a service from Southampton to Andover junction in 1964, a few months before the passenger service was withdrawn on 7th Sept 1964.


Kimbridge Junction aerial view

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Aerial view of Kimbridge Junction in 1949


Awbridge signal box diagram

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Diagram of Awbridge signal box , showing up & down loops as well as the signals that controlled it



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Lockerley WW2 1944

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Lockerley WW2 1944. Purchased by the Southern Railway from the War Department in 1946 for use at Southampton Docks. Then renamed ??? and used 1948/1962. Scrapped in 1967



Mottisfont Station

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Shot taken a few years after closure of Mottisfont station - taken from the signal box looking north - signals are still in place, but track slowly being taken over by weeds.


Mottisfont Signal Box

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Mottisfont signal box with crossing gate - taken a few years after closure - track still in place .



Mottisfont Station

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Mottisfont Station. Picture taken in 1964 before the line closed - looking towards Andover , showing the small shelter - the buildings were on the other platform



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Photo 29a

14763 "That" loco, 60103 Flying Scotsman approaching Chandlers Ford with a

Salisbury to Salisbury via Southampton trip 31 May 2017.


Photo 29b


14815  35028 Clan Line working a re-enactment of the last Bournemouth Belle,

 5th July 2017 approaching Nursling.



Stockbridge railway station after closure

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Picture taken from footbridge looking north over the station & yard - signal box in the background - taken after the line closed .


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Stockbridge Station 1960's


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Stockbridge signal box


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Locomotive Club of Great Britain ( LCGB) tour of the Test Valley - 6th Sept 1964 -- named the ' Anton & Test Valley Rail Tour " - started at Winchester Chesil & ran via Southampton , Romsey , Andover to Ludgershall & return back to Eastleigh

82029 was a BR Standard class  3 tank engine , allocated to 70F Bournemouth at that time


Stockbridge Station 1964

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Stockbridge station taken from the DEMU service just before the line closed to traffic 1964


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Overlooking Stockbridge station in 1930. White Hart pub top left. School centre left