Eastleigh to Romsey and Salisbury
The Redbridge route enabled trains between the GWR and the LSWR to serve both Southampton and Portsmouth without reversal, which is why it became the normal route for Cardiff-Portsmouth services. The Chandler’s Ford line became the preferred freight route because of its easier access to marshalling yards at Bevois Park and Eastleigh, and to link the Fawley oil refinery with the West of England.
Passenger services were dieselised in 1957, but a shortage of DEMUs led to a partial reversion to steam working which saw M7s work push-pull trains between Eastleigh and Andover Junction.
This book tells the complete story of this interesting line, and complements the author’s previous books on the Andover to Redbridge line (currently out of print) and the Salisbury & Dorset Junction railway.
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