Class 8 diesel shunter.
The watercress line is a delight that runs between New Arlesford and Alton in Hampshire. The name derives from the days when it would ship watercress from this area to London. Apparently watercress thrives best in fast flowing water over chalk.
Ange, Kathryn and I went there to meet up with the family to scatter the ashes of Ange's cousin John who loved steam trains and had been a fireman on the railways in his younger days. Because of this they allowed us to scatter his ashes in a memorial garden at Ropley station on the line. We first had a ride on the train, 32 of us plus John's ashes.
It may sound odd but it was a great way to celebrate the life of a much loved member of the family and there were, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren there
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