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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.wa­ter­ cana­dian-pa­cific or con­tact can­pac@ wa­ter­

Part of the restora­tion is tak­ing place in Eastleigh, where the en­gine was built

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