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Trainspotters are gearing up to witness the first steam-hauled railtour along the main line through Petersfield for more than two years on Saturday (6th November).

“The Hampshire Pullman” – hauled by Merchant Navy Class No.35028 “Clan Line” – is formed of the iconic British Pullman carriages used on the London-Folkestone leg of the Venice Simplon Orient Express, and will also pass through Liss and the Petersphere’s spectacle of level crossings on its journey from, and to, London Victoria.

The tour was originally scheduled via Andover and Southampton but has been diverted through the South Downs as the recovery operation continues at the scene of Sunday’s train crash near Salisbury.

After a water stop at Haslemere, 13:12-13:42, it is expected to pass Liphook at 13:47, Liss at 13:53, Petersfield at 13:57 and Rowlands Castle at 14:08. You can track its journey in real-time here.

Noni Needs is joined by her fellow Shine Radio presenter and steam locomotive enthusiast Harrison RB.

Image: Rob Hodgkins. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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