A detailed film spread over 5 dvd discs, showing an exploration of the vast majority of the track bed, earthworks, tunnels, stations, bridges and other features that remain on this stretch of disused line.
Opened in 1903, closed to passengers in 1955, explored by Dumpman Films in 2013.
This film recreates the journey along the 22 mile track bed of the Meon Valley Line, mostly by bike, partly on foot and briefly by car.
Starting at Fareham and travelling north along the tunnel deviation line, the site of the junctions with the Eastleigh line are shown, as is the remaining platform at Knowle Halt. Thereafter, the line is travelled northwards passing through station areas at Wickham, Mislingford, Droxford, West Meon, Privett, Tisted, Farringdon and finally Alton.
Every effort is made to include as much remaining detail as possible, marvelling at the scale of the earthworks and beauty of the brick structures. The remains visible at both ends of the West Meon viaduct are seen as is the goods yard at Mislingford. The often ignored remaining earthworks at the northern end near Alton are also included and so is the site of missing bridge and embankments over the A32 at Hedge Corner.
Views of Droxford station are only those from the public way, but the inclusion of landowner agreed visits to stations at Privett and Tisted and exclusive entry to the 1056 yard Privett tunnel with a 5,000,000 candle power torch more than compensate.
Impressive views that train travellers would have enjoyed on both sides of the line are also taken in, including a sunrise over the giant earthworks that straddle the A272.
Reference to a vintage map at the end of the film shows the course of the line in relation to the film.
Probably the most thorough look at this line that has ever been undertaken…
Includes constant, well researched commentary.