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FirstGroup has reached an agreement with the Government over the termination of two rail franchises, the transport giant said.
(Permalink) Avanti West Coast FirstGroup Franchise South Western Railway

With the final withdrawal of Island Lines 80-year-old Class 483 trains a little over a month away, the London Transport Traction Group have announced that they've successfully secured one of these trains for preservation on the mainland, at the Epping Ongar Railway in Essex.

South Western Railway has confirmed to the group that they will have a unit for preservation, but its not been confirmed which unit - although it is likely to be 483006 or 483008. This is pending a final decision from the Science Museum's Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board who are managing the disposal of some of the trains.
(Permalink) Class 483 London Traction Group Science Museum South Western Railway

South Western Railway has revealed the first of the Class 484 electric multiple-units which Vivarail is producing for the Island Line on the Isle of Wight, and has announced the dates of a major blockade of the 137 km line when engineering works are to be undertaken in advance.
(Permalink) Class 484 South Western Railway Vivarail

Recently [28 July], South Western Railway ran a special fact-finding train to investigate the potential re-opening of the Fawley Branch in Hampshire.
The Fawley Branch last saw a regular passenger service more than 50 years ago.
The special service follows a submission to the Department for Transports Restoring your Railway Fund by Hampshire County Council.
(Permalink) Fawley Branch South Western Railway

Marchwood: UK Railtours excursion from Waterloo passing Marchwood station, on the Fawley branch in Hampshire, heading towards Fawley on 8th April 2017. The line and station closed to regular passenger traffic on 14th February 1966. Attempts to reopen the line to passengers as far as Hythe, which would include Marchwood, have so far not met with any success. (See recent news item.)
David Bosher 08/04/2017

Fawley: USA 0-6-0T locomotives 30064+30069 replenishing their tanks in the sidings alongside the UKs largest oil refinery at Fawley on Southampton Water. The visit was part of the LCGB Hampshire Branch Lines Rail Tour on 9 April 1967, with the pair having brought in the special on the leg from Southampton Central.
Robin Barbour collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 09/04/1967

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