TREADING in the footsteps of royalty, TV historian Dan Snow opened the new quarter-mile extension to Hampshire’s Exbury Gardens Railway on April 11.
The 12¼in gauge line, opened in 2001 as an added attraction alongside the award-winning gardens, has welcomed many famous guests including the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Anne.
The railway was the inspiration of enthusiast Leopold de Rothschild who loved trains as a small child and had always wanted to build one for the visitors to the gardens.
The station was modelled on the same design as Aviemore and features a turntable, engine shed and sidings. Sir James Dunbar-Nasmith designed the station and engine shed and Trevor Stirland (who runs Exmoor Steam Railway) acted as a consultant for the project and built three steam locomotives, Rosemary, Naomi and Mariloo named after ‘Mr Leo’s’ mother and sisters and the diesel engine, named Eddy after his elder brother.
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