CAN YOU HELP?
A project to bring an historic steam locomotive back to its former glory is appealing to the public for help.
The Mid Hants Railway has been raising money to restore the Canadian Pacific, which was built in 1941.
Originally running from London along the south coast to the West Country, the Merchant Navy- class train carried evacuees, soldiers, emigrants and holidaymakers before ending its working life in 1965.
Once restored, the locomotive and its two wooden carriages will run on the ‘ Watercress Line’ between Alresford and Alton – a distance of 10 miles.
However, the Mid Hants Railway, which operates the line, is now looking for volunteers to donate tools or help out on the restoration itself. The team is also interested in hearing from people who have memories and photographs of the Canadian Pacific, whether past passengers or railway enthusiasts.
To get involved with the project, visit preservation.watercressline.co.uk/ canadian-pacific or contact canpac@ watercressline.co.uk.
Part of the restoration is taking place in Eastleigh, where the engine was built