Railway Club of the New Forest

  Railway Club of the New Forest 

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November 27th 2020  (note revised date to regulate dates)     This meeting will be held on-line. 

Phil Benstead  will present an illustrated  history Constructing the ‘Direct Line’ from Lymington Junction to Christchurch 1884 – 1888


A tale of self-interest, optimism, naivety, fraud, bankruptcy, incompetence, royalty, religion, arrogance & violent deaths with congratulations to the non-participants & ignorance of the achievers.

The so called ‘Direct Line’ is just 8.5 miles long and was built long after the 1800s railway booms.

After the initial survey the Chief Engineer of the LSWR declared that, “No substantive difficulties would be encountered”. After completion, the LSWR stated, "The line with the most difficulties”.

The presentation gives the background to the construction of the line and then takes us on a visual tour, stopping along the way for a raft of anecdotes describing who was involved, what went so wrong and why, technical & financial issues and the end results.

(Not a member?  Please contact the Club if you require an invitation to join the on-line Zoom meeting)

 (N.B.  John Barrowdale' s   talk   "Preserved Steam on Mainline and Heritage Railways" will be postponed to next year.)


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