To mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the age of steam in the town– a steam locomotive that served Eastleigh and other Southern Railway stations will be the stunning centrepiece of an exciting weekend of events for all the family. Wadebridge, the 140-tonne steam locomotive and tender will make a very special stop – not at Platform Three of the busy Eastleigh rail station, but in the centre of the main shopping precinct at the north end of the town centre!
The event takes place over the weekend of 15-16 July from 10am to 6pm. The Borough Council has been working closely with the Mid-Hants Railway/Watercress Line to make it possible.
As well as a chance to see Wadebridge at close hand, we are looking for stallholders, community groups and enthusiasts to join us for other plans for the 60s-themed event include:
· A 1960s classic car rally
· Model railways
· Themed stalls
· Heritage displays at Eastleigh Museum and The Point
· Rare film footage
· Live Music
· Children’s rides
And it is not just the firebox aboard the loco that will be generating heat – on the Saturday the town’s annual Chilli Festival takes place in the Leigh Road Rec, alongside the steam-themed celebrations.
As always thank you for your continued support.