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Article posted on Thursday, 22nd August 2019
Sir Percivale joins the Eastleigh Lakeside Miniature Railway 'Great Central Railway Gala' - August 2019

We rather like the Eastleigh Lakeside Miniature Railway. With its meandering 1¼ mile dual gauge track passing through grasslands and rounding a lake, its 355-foot tunnel and well provisioned facilities it is a very pleasant place to spend a day. Or two.

The weekend of the GCR Gala in August 2019 was extra special. The three 10 ¼" gauge models of Great Central Railway locomotives, built by the Simkins family, were running together for the first time:

GCR 11F-class 'Improved Director' 4-4-0 No.505 "Ypres" - One of 6 named after 1st World War battles
GCR 8-class 4-6-0 No.181 - Used to pull fish trains from Grimsby.
GCR 8K-class 2-8-0 No.102 - The first 2-8-0 to be completed by GCR.

Plus of course;
Sir Percivale, a 10¼" gauge model of a Southern Railway King Arthur Class 4-6-0 locomotive Number E 772 (The E designation identifying that Percy's big brother was based at Eastleigh) was in good company for the weekend, running alongside fellow 10¼" gauge locos; 

1002 "The Empress" 10¼" gauge 4-6-2 built by the famous HCS Bullock of Farnborough in 1933
2006 "Edward VIII" 10¼" gauge 4-6-2 another built by HCS Bullock in 1936 (supposedly his favourite).

On the Saturday Percy was engaged in passenger hauling duties whilst on Sunday he was at the head of a dozen rather splendid goods wagons and two guards' vans. We found this rather good youtube video of Percy that you might enjoy. Thanks to SatNavDan again.

We hope that you enjoy the video and pictures of Percy and friends making the most of the splendid facilities at Eastleigh:

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