Railway Club of the New Forest

  Railway Club of the New Forest 

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July 26th 2019      


 The Great Cockcrow Railway   brought by Mike Underwood  


A miniature 7¼” gauge steam railway located in Chertsey, Surrey, it opened to the public in 1968. However, the origins of the railway go back to 1947 and the private Greywood Central Railway in Walton-on-Thames . We looked at the early days at Greywood, the transition to the Cockcrow in the mid-1960’s and its subsequent development up to the present day. We explored the workings of both Permanent Way and Signals and Telegraph, visited the stable of locomotives and Mike described the operation on a typical public day and finished with a video of a train ride round the whole of the 1¾ mile network.  A most informative and enthralling delivery - thank you Mike!


Club day trip on Saturday 13th - Fawley Hill Railway.   A coach trip to this very different site, a private railway and museum, full of interest and colour, well worth a day's visit.  A working steam train on a steep gradient gives a thrilling ride. (See pics in Gallery, and a video clip)



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