|(c) Gordon Heddon|
The Mid Hants Railway (The Watercress Line) has announced yesterday their first visitor to their Autumn Gala, Great Western Railway's 7822 'Foxcote Manor'
This is 'Foxcote Manor' second visit to the South, last year she visited the Kent & East Sussex Railway for a bit.
Many Enthuseasts are pleased to see 'Foxcote Manor' go to Mid Hants and climb over 'the alps'
A brif history on Foxcote Manor: The Manor class of two-cylinder 4-6-0 tender engines was designed by C. B. Collett, the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Great Western Railway. A first batch of 20 was built at Swindon in 1938. A second batch of ten was delivered in 1950, to what had become Britiish Railways (Western Region). 7822 was one of the post-war batch, and was allocated to Oswestry depot when new. It spent its whole working life in Shropshire, Cheshire and North and Mid Wales.
Foxcote Manor is based at the Llangollen Railway but she is currently at the West Sommerset Railway