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Above: Two of our younger members taking a short break on a walk from Heathfield to Hailsham in East Sussex. 17 April 1999. (Richard Martin)
 
Above: One of the Southern Area's walks ended at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway, whose volunteers kindly provided a brake van trip for members over their line between Blunsdon and Hayes Knoll. 4 October 1998. (Richard Martin)
 
Above: Our power-mad former Chairman, now the club's Webmaster, grabs the controls. Taken at Blunsdon during a brake van trip to Hayes Knoll. 4 October 1998. (Richard Martin)
 
Above: This early tramway bridge near Nine Mile Point in the Sirhowy Valley once carried coal-laden wagons on the Penllwyn Tramway. Nowadays, it's part of a railway walk. September 1993. (David James)
 
Above: The Albion Inn at Verwood, Dorset, is scarcely recognisable as the village's former railway station, although the bridge behind the garden tables is a give-away. The road in the foreground, the B3081, used to go over the bridge until modern road improvements altered the scene. Verwood was situated on the cross-country line from Salisbury to West Moors, near Wimborne; for further details, see the next caption. May 1999. (Alan Clarke)
 
Above: Breamore station was situated three stations north of Verwood on the same cross-country line; the village station is seen here looking south. The branch closed on 4th May 1964, along with the connecting line from Brockenhurst to Broadstone, and this photograph was taken shortly afterwards. Nature has not yet reclaimed the site, and it looks almost as if the station might still be open – but then one notices that there are no seats, no fire buckets and no signs. This was a scene which the implementation of the 1963 Beeching Report recreated at thousands of local stations across the UK. Sadly, views such as this were just the start of the dereliction. Summer 1964. (Tim Chant)
 
Above: Shillingstone station, situated between Sturminster Newton and Blandford Forum on the scenic Somerset & Dorset line, was a sad sight when our photographer visited in May 2000. The station was (and is) owned by Dorset County Council, but for many years was used as a store and machine shop for the adjoining industrial estate. Update: In November 2004, DCC granted 'right of access' to the Shillingstone Station Restoration and Museum Project, which is in the course of carrying out a wholesale restoration of the site and its surroundings. For further details, click here. (Richard Lewis)