Heritage railway enthusiasts enjoyed a rare treat today (17th May) as a heritage steam locomotive chuffed through the Petersphere.

The Hampshire Hills Lunchtime Tour – hauled by ex-LNER B1 class 61306 Mayflower – set off from West Brompton in south west London this morning before taking part in an historic photo shoot alongside Brooklands Museum, Surrey, to mark exactly a hundred years since the world land speed record was broken on the now defunct motor racing circuit.

Continuing down to Woking, Winchester and Fareham, it greeted us in Petersfield at around 12:50pm. Those dining onboard were served a three-course meal.

After passing Liss and Liphook, it arrived into Platform 3 at Haslemere where a water tanker awaited.

In this special programme, Harrison RB, Jo Gray and James ‘the Captain’ Birdseye meet the crew including the engine’s driver and fireman and Head of Passenger Services at tour operator Steam Dreams, which is based in Guildford. Our reporters Alison Glasspool, in Liss, and Stephen Martin, in Tilmore, speak to fellow trainspotters.

The happy couple – Johnny & Nickie got engaged on the train

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