50 years since the end of Southern Steam

It is 50 years since we said goodbye to our regular steam train services.

They were finally ousted when electric trains took over on the route from Waterloo to Weymouth, via Bournemouth, Southampton, Winchester and Basingstoke.

The occasion is being marked at various events this weekend, not least at the Watercress Line in Hampshire from where Mike Pearse sends this report.

Mike spoke to Geoff Burch, former driver, Richard Bentley, driver and Colin Chambers from the Watercress Line.