My family & I have just returned from spending Christmas with my wife's family in southern England. We managed to get two steam railway visits in ! :mrgreen: The first one was on Dec. 21 at the Mid-Hants Railway (watercressline.co.uk) on a Santa train. In these pics you can see the large, green 5MT 4-6-0. The Mid-Hants Railway is less than 8 miles from my in-law's house in Winchester so it's very easy to get to. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: (I also saw a fleeting glimpse of the newly-restored steamlined A4 pacific, Bittern, at their engine shed -- I was frustrated that I didn't have a chance to stop and look at it in detail! :cry The second visit was to the Swanage Railway (swanagerailway.co.uk) on Dec. 31 in Dorset in SW England. Here, an M7 0-4-4 tank engine was running. We enjoyed the awesome scenery and seeing the ruins of Corfe Castles which is high on a hilltop. Both trips were great and I strongly recommend both railways if you're ever able to visit southern England! Rob This is the green 5MT at Alresford Station, the Santa Train on Dec. 21. This is the M7 Tank engine at Swanage Station with yours truly and my youngest son on the platform. The M7 photographed from the coach immediately behind it. Here's the M7 shunting at the other end of the railway.