above: Lord Montagu's sister Anne (now Lady Chichester) drives a Pacific on Major Holder's railway.


above: Lord Montagu's father John Montagu gave an annual party for Southern Railway drivers and their wives. Held on the Keeping Railway, the host is seen on the locomotive tender. This gathering in August 1928 was the last as Lord Montagu died the following March.

Captain ‘Jack’ Holder had a 10 1/4” gauge miniature railway built in his garden at Keeping House in the 1920s. A friend of Captain Howey, who built the famous Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, Holder was an engineer who built and maintained his engines with the help of his chauffeur, Joe Hill. The railway had five locomotives which ran on a circular route spanning some 440 yards. One of these was a 4-6-2 named ‘Audrey’ which now runs on the Eastleigh Lakeside Railway. Whilst the railway at Keeping was essentially a private concern, Captain Holder often gave rides to the local children and would also arrange special outings on the railway for groups.

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above: Lord Montagu (right) with his mother and sister Mary Clare, on board one of the Keeping Railway locomotives.