2022 Annual Outing – Mid Hants Railway (Watercress Line): Thursday 15th September

Postponed since 2020 due to covid-19, for the next trip on Thursday 15th September 2022 we are proposing a visit to the Mid Hants Railway (Watercress Line), involving a round trip on a steam train of approximately 1½ hours, as well as a visit to the Milestone Museum at Basingstoke. This is a Museum of Living History where you can immerse yourself in Victorian streets and shops bringing the past to life.

The Mid Hants Railway offers a combined group ticket for both attractions.  It is proposed – and this is depending on the number of people – that the cost, including Museum, Railway and return coach travel will be in the region of £35-£40.

We would plan to leave Keevil at 8.30 am and be back in the village by approximately 6.45 pm.  The coach will include an on-board toilet.

As we have to lodge a deposit for this trip payable once we have confirmed the booking, we would be grateful if at this stage you could let us know as soon as possible if you would be interested in being part of this trip. Please let us know either way.

Rachel and Tony Howe: Tel: 01380 870661

September 2019 was the Swanage Railway
September 2018 was a trip on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Railway.
Our party of 42 left the village by coach and travelled to Cheltenham Racecourse Station to join the steam train, and from there we travelled to Broadway in the Cotswolds. On arrival we travelled from Broadway station to the village by a vintage London red double decker Routemaster bus.
Our group had a 2½ hour stay which allowed time for lunch and a jolly good look around the village. We returned to the station via the vintage bus and having left Broadway station we enjoyed cream teas on board the steam train back to Cheltenham, before boarding the coach home.
See below a gallery of images from the day by Sarah Dow: click on one to see it full size/in a slide show

How we started…

The Keevil Railway Heritage Group was established in 2017 following a spur of the moment idea when it became known (prior to any press release ) that the iconic Flying Scotsman was to visit the West Somerset Railway and give trips along the line for rail enthusiasts.

With tickets likely to be at a premium, time was of the essence, and it was felt that there was a better chance to secure tickets if they were requested by a railway group. Having to act quickly a few people who we thought would like to be part of this event were contacted. We obtained several names and lodged our interest in the name of the Keevil Railway Heritage Group with the West Somerset Railway in January.

It was not for another two months that ticket allocations were made to interested groups. We were able to purchase 22 tickets which was fortunate as that was the number on our list at the time! Hence the Keevil Railway Heritage Group was born.

Day Out on the Flying Scotsman 2017

Our September day trip was a great success. Leaving by coach at 6.30 am we travelled to Bishops Lydeard for the 10.00 am non-stop journey to Minehead on the Flying Scotsman, rekindling the days of its service from London to Edinburgh. The return trip was pulled by a steam engine from the West Somerset fleet. A very memorable day.

Due to the limitation of tickets we were unable to give more people the chance to join our group on that occasion.

So that we did not to lose the momentum it was subsequently decided to continue with the group and extend a warm welcome to more people if they would like to join us. The sole purpose of the group is to hold an annual outing in September to other railway heritage sites and have a trip on their railways.

If you are interested in joining the Keevil Railway Heritage Group please contact Tony and Rachel Howe (01380 870661)

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