Plans to establish a narrow gauge steam railway on the
Beaulieu Estate in Hampshire UK

were announced on the 18th November 2005 by
Lord Montagu’s son Ralph at the annual Estate Dinner.

An 1899 Decauville locomotive which could run at Beaulieu.

The project could see Beaulieu’s historic motoring theme extended to one of vintage transport on road and rail, with steam trains transporting visitors around the Estate in a style reminiscent of a now bygone age.

The first step will be to carry out a feasibility study which will include an evaluation of possible routes and how the project might be implemented in stages. Other important parts of the process will involve talking to local residents and the statutory authorities, starting with the New Forest National Park Authority.

“There will inevitably be a range of issues to discuss” said Ralph Montagu, “and I would be the first to admit that the project can only succeed if the environmental benefits of the railway are proved. Sustainability will be the guiding principle in undertaking this project. For example, I expect the railway to play its part in reducing the number of local car journeys, and we hope to fire the locomotives on a renewable fuel, namely wood supplied by the Estate’s Forestry department.”

 

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