Railway Film Show: A History of the Fawley Branch with Lord Montagu and Nick Lera

Fawley branch line with train

Saturday 19 February 2022

The railway branch line from Totton to Fawley is a largely uncelebrated part of the British railway network which survived mainly due to oil traffic to the Esso refinery. Whilst this ended 5 years ago, part of the line is still in use, serving the military port at Marchwood.

Lord Montagu will be joined by railway historian and film maker Nick Lera to present a history of the Fawley Branch with film and photographs from their collections, starting with the building of the line in the 1920s and going through to the final oil trains which ran in 2016. The talk will conclude with a look at the future of the line where plans for the reinstatement for a passenger service gathering momentum.


The evening will take place in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu from 7.30 until 10pm. A bar will be available for the purchase of drinks. Tickets are £10.00 each for non-members; £7.50 for members. For further information and to book tickets please contact Theresa Browning by email or telephone 01590 614792.

Please be advised that, due to the uncertain nature of the current Covid-19 situation, the date may be subject to change.  We will be limiting numbers so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. There will be no admission without prior booking.

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