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Sunday 24th November Mid Hants Railway, Station Rd, Ropley Dean, Alresford SO24 0BL

Join us for an evening of photography using recently-repainted 30925 Cheltenham on passenger stock

Join us at Ropley Station for an evening photographing recently-repainted No.30925 Cheltenham resplendent in BR lined green livery the head of a rake of green passenger stock.


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About this event

We are delighted to offer a Sunday evening photography opportunity at the Mid-Hants Railway to photograph recently-repainted ‘Schools’ Class 4-4-0 No.30925 Cheltenham in British Railways lined green livery. Our evening will feature the locomotive on a train of green passenger coaches at Ropley Station. We will also be operation a number of arrival and departures to allow for opportunity to photograph the train in motion. The shoot will be lit by us giving you plenty of opportunity to capture the scenes without the need for flash. We will also be joined by a small group or re-enactors that will pose as passengers, thus adding a touch of human interest to some of the cameos. 

Cheltenham has recently been repainted into British Railways lined green livery as a direct result of negotiations between TimeLine Events, the Mid‐Hants Railway (where the locomotive is based) and the owners of 30925, the National Railway Museum. We would like to extend our grateful thanks to both organisations for their help and co‐operation in allowing this project to come to fruition. TimeLine Events has been assisting with fundraising for the repaint costs through an appeal to photographers and other enthusiasts keen to see the locomotive appear in Brunswick Green livery.

Cheltenham was built in 1934 for the Southern Railway, one of forty members of the class which proved the most powerful 4‐4‐0 design to run in Britain. All were named after English public schools. Withdrawal began in January 1961 and as Southern Region electrification advanced apace, all were gone by December 1962. Three members of the class have been preserved, the others being 926 Repton and 928 Stowe, the latter recording a speed of 95mph on one occasion in 1938. Cheltenham is seven years into its current boiler certificate, having been returned to steam in 2012.

These locos were at home on both passenger and goods workings and as 30925 runs with a smaller tender, this combination should perfectly recreate a train of the early 1960s. We hope you will want to join us for this recreation of the Southern Region in the 1950s and early 1960s. 

Images used are for illustrative purposes only and are of locomotives of the same class carrying the same livery during the early 1960's

Event requirements


  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Lense cloths
  • Lenses
  • Camera protection - rain covers etc

Other things you should bring

  • Snacks
  • Bottled water


  • All levels welcome


  • Medium

Other essentials

  • High vis jacket
  • Sturdy outdoor shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Wet weather gear

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