Engine driver Phil #1
Phil of ESNG fame recently had a significant birthday (a large number with a ‘0’ – just the one – on the end) and for a present his family bought him a footplate ride on the Mid Hants Railway, the Watercress Line. I was delighted, and a little privileged, to be asked to chauffeur him for the day. Let’s face it though, I’ll do almost anything for a free train ride and a free lunch.
So, Thursday 17 May saw us driving down to Arlesford from Horley, and despite some difficulty in parking – it was market day and there was a big funeral on at the church near the station – we were soon pottering around a rather quiet Arlesford station. I was impressed by the careful conversion of the goods shed into a shop, meeting room and rest rooms.
The station was very quiet, the first train of…
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