Eastleigh recalls the SB&CR

EASTLEIGH Lakeside Steam Railway (ESLR) in Hampshire is holding a special event on June 16-17 to mark the 80th anniversary of the opening of the legendary Surrey Border & Camberley Railway (SB&CR), and the locos built by HCS Bullock.

A similar event was staged in June 2013, and again provides the largest collection of locos of this famed 1930s loco builder.

No. 2006 Edward VIII – a 4-6-2 completed in 1936 and believed to have been builder HCS Bullock’s favourite – is now back in its ‘native’ Hampshire after changing hands several times. With five of his other locos, Edward VIII will be starring at the ELSR’s June 16-17 gala, exactly 80 years after delivery to the SB&CR. PETER NICHOLSON

The 10¼in-gauge SB&CR ran from Farnborough Green, near Frimley, Hampshire to Camberley, Surrey, and was about two miles in length, including sections of double track. It closed soon after war was declared in 1939.

The company passed into receivership with track and stock sold and dispersed.

ESLR’s owner Clive Upton has gathered together five Bullock-built 4-6-2s, including SB&CR locos, some of which are on loan.

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