From Wikipedia - On 21 January 2014 Hampshire County Council decided to shelve the plans to reopen the line to passengers. The council's report came down against committing further funding for the scheme due to a perceived poor value for money business case, although it said the authority should review the position should local circumstances change. The last train serving the refinery ran on 1 September 2016, after which trains would normally run only as far as Marchwood (This has also now ceased) although the occasional private hire train would travel the branch line as far as the gates at Fawley oil refinery.
Last train - On the 14th May 2017 a DMU Railtour ran – The ‘Fawley Forester’ and it was thought that that was probably the last train - gone forever.
However - since then on the 3rd October Mick House went back to see the line and found a RHTT in operation at Marchwood. He managed to speak to a member of staff who was checking the track gauge and was informed that they are still looking at fully reopening the line as a lot more housing and other development going to take place around the Fawley area. Another point all the time the military are present to Marchwood the railway will stay open.
Today If you look on Real Time Trains today you will see a train is due to depart Fawley Esso today at 08.24, a DMU is heading for Fawley Esso today at 14.03 that started out at Eastleigh at 05.18 this morning and a train for Marchwood left Bicester at 07.41 due to arrive at 11.19.
So likening it to the Lynton and Barnstable - Perchance it is not dead, but sleepeth – let’s hope so.
KJ asked where Brian lives -
We live in a town in the Olympic Peninsula on Puget Sound about forty miles south of Seattle via ferry or the Narrows Bridge. The same place where the original bridge collapsed in a storm in 1940! There are some famous home movies of its demise; Google, Tacoma Narrows bridge.
I have indeed checked out the CR coverage, many times and seen how it looks years after I trekked around there a long time ago. It was particularly good to see the Wheal Jenkin engine house is still there, simply because my maternal grandfather was a Jenkin from St Austell. Not a lot of changes otherwise. I shall miss Sid’s contributions; he and I actually were in contact, not about the L&C, but the CMR and its locomotives. He knew a lot!
Brian Willis, 3812 116th St Ct NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Thank you Brian.