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Take a walk with us…

We are well underway with our tours both at Ropley and Eastleigh Works. It has been amazing to take a variety of groups around these sites and watch as they discover the work that goes into restoring our amazing steam locomotives.  

Eastleigh Works – Tour of the restoration of Canadian Pacific 35005

Our first Eastleigh Works Tour on 27th May 2016 was a success with a few members from the Eastleigh Railway Preservation Society joining us for a look around the works and at the progress of restoration on Can Pac. The tour lasted an hour with a look at the work being done to the locomotives frames with a peak inside our container packed full of bits of the locomotive. Unfortunately, due to maintenance on the overhead crane in the old foundry we were unable to see the wheels which have been painstakingly cleaned by our dedicated team of volunteers and now await painting.

Interested in being on the next Eastleigh Works Tour?

Next tour dates are 22nd July, 19th August and 18th November at 2pm. To book email, outreach.mhr@hotmail.com to reserve a spot.

Osborne School’s visit to Eastleigh Works and Ropley

Year 11 pupils from Osborne School came to visit CanPac at both Eastleigh Works and Ropley as part of their Work Experience Programme. On their visit to Eastleigh they were taken around the works and shown the progress on the restoration of Canadian Pacific. It was a special visit for the teachers and students as they got to hear about the restoration work from an-ex pupil, Michael Matthews. Michael joined the team through the projects work placement scheme run in partnership with the Job Centre and has since continued to attend, often helping out with new people on the programme. The students thoroughly enjoyed their visit and learning what goes into restoring a steam locomotive at Eastleigh.

On their visit to Ropley, the Year 11’s were taken around the engineering works, yard and the station. They learnt about all the different jobs undertaken by our volunteers on the railway to keep it running and in excellent condition. Although the weather was against us they still managed to get up close to our locomotives and learn about the different types we have here on the railway. We even managed to meet the 11.16 train on its way to Alton on the Up Waiting Platform and waved it off on its journey.

If you have a group that would like to be taken on a tour around Ropley, contact Dave (canpac@watercressline.co.uk) or Becky (outreach.mhr@hotmail.com) to book.

Four Marks Men’s Group visit to Eastleigh Works

The Four Marks Men’s Group came to visit us on 16th June 2016 for a tour of Eastleigh Works and the restoration of Canadian Pacific. Fortunately the group were able to include a visit to the old Foundry in the tour to see the CanPac’s driving wheels and the ex-LBSCR coaches stored in there. We then moved onto the main building where the locomotives frames are stored and looked at the progress made by our team of volunteers at Eastleigh. The group also got a peak into the container to see the variety of parts we have stored in there waiting to go back when the boiler returns.

A huge thanks to the Four Marks Men’s Group who donated £80 to the Canadian Pacific Project which will go to the restoration of our flagship steam locomotive.

If you have a group that would like to be taken on a tour around Ropley, contact Dave (canpac@watercressline.co.uk) or Becky (outreach.mhr@hotmail.com) to book.

Can Pac Young Engineers Evening with Alresford and Cheriton Cubs

We were optimistic on a pleasant summer day that the weather would hold out for our fun evening with the Cubs. Unfortunately, this was not to be the case and we ended up with torrential rain and a thunderstorm! This did not dampen the Cubs spirits who persevered through the rain to complete our Can Pac Young Engineers Evening. The Cubs were set a number of tasks to complete based around Canadian Pacific and engineering at the Railway. This included a tour of the works and yard in the rain! In the Viewing Gallery we played card games-matching parts of locomotives to their descriptions and had a go at designing bridges. At the end of the evening each Cub was awarded a Can Pac Young Engineers Certificate to say they completed the evening.

If you have a group that would like to enjoy fun activities and be taken on a tour around Ropley, contact Dave (canpac@watercressline.co.uk) or Becky (outreach.mhr@hotmail.com) to book.

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