The Meon Valley Railway
- The Meon Valley Railway
- The Meon Valley Railway, as it finally appeared on thescene in June 1903, was the outcome of a number of schemes to provide through routes from London to the south coast through such places as Aldershot, Windsor and Ascot.
- Looking back in time, one wonders what it was that really prompted the promoters to invest vast sums of money to build railway lines over land which was in those days mostly agricultural and thinly populated.
- Eventually on the 3rd June 1897 the LSWR obtained the South Western (Meon Valley) Railway Act and the chosen route appeared as the 'Meon Valley Railway' from Alton to Fareham, to be part of a through route from Waterloo to Gosport and Stokes Bay and also to provide a secondary route to Portsmouth.
- The line, without doubt, was to provide a most picturesque route, but although it was picture postcard in appearance it turned out to be a very difficult and expensive task for the contractors, whose job it was to construct this 22½ mile railway.
- 1996, reprinted 1998, 128 pages, Laminated card covers, 7" x 9¼"
- Runpast Publishing
- ISBN-10 1870754360
- ISBN-13 9781870754361
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