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Final trains operate at Bursledon Brickworks

HAMPSHIRE Narrow Gauge Railway Trust (HNGRT) operated public trains for the final time at Bursledon Brickworks museum, near Southampton, on October 27. 

After being actively involved in preservation for 58 years the organisation is now being wound up and its assets distributed to other narrow gauge lines (RM Nov).

Operations featured Simplex 8694/1942 Ashby and   F C Hibberd & Co Ltd Type 39 ‘Planet 2’ 3787/1956. 

The Simplex was built for Sir Alfred McAlpine & Son and subsequently worked at the York Brick and Tile Company. It has a Perkins three-cylinder diesel engine rather than the original Dorman engine.

The last day of Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust running at Bursledon Brickworks museum on October 27 featured ex-Ramsgate Electric Railway coach, top-and-tailed by Simplex works No. 8694 Ashby and Hibberd & Co Ltd Type 39 ‘Planet 2’ on the tail. PHIL BARNES

It was donated to what is now Bursledon Brickworks museum in the 1990s, and will remain at the site, not being part of the HNGRT collection.

In addition to the previously reported destinations of HNGRT’s own locos, stock and equipment it is now confirmed Phil Mason’s Hibberd Planet 3787/1956 is going to Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway on indefinite loan. It was returned to operation in 2017 following a five-year restoration from a burnt-out shell.

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