Rail Centres: Eastleigh

POPULAR with enthusiasts, Eastleigh remains a busy railway junction on the Waterloo to Weymouth line with routes radiating to Chandlers Ford/Romsey and Fareham/Portsmouth, as well as a seemingly endless stream of passenger and freight trains.

In the 1950s and 1960s, passenger services were an exciting mix of local, secondary and long-distance steam-hauled trains, together with an equally busy schedule of freight trains. Given its close proximity to Southampton Docks, freight and ‘Ocean Liner Express’ passenger services would pass through on their journeys to/from the port and nearby marshalling yards formed and staged freight traffic as required, while Eastleigh Works would generate a great deal of visiting motive power and rolling stock. There was freight to and from Southampton docks together with regular pick-up goods services, the well-documented long-distance oil trains that originated from Fawley oil refinery and more.

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