53808 - latest photos

Here is a selection of photos of our S&D 7F No. 53808 whilst working on the Watercress Line. The locomotive moved on long-term hire to the Watercress Line on 26 August 2020.

We also have a wide selection of photos up to the end of 2019 of 53808 working on the West Somerset Railway.

You may also find the following pages of interest: 53808's Restoration and 53808's Return to Steam.


25 October 2020.

53808 leaves Alton on 25 October 2020.

Leaves have been falling and the rails are damp... it's certainly starting to look autumnal as the Trust's S&D 7F No. 53808 heads away from Alton on Sunday 25 October.

[Photo by Matt Bentley]


18 October 2020.

Images from the last day of the Watercress Line Autumn Steam Gala from Jason Baker.

Could have been long ago... Jason Baker captured the mood well with 53808 on the last day of the Watercress Line gala. Of course, if nothing else, the shiny paintwork gives it away that these are thoroughly modern images!

53808 at Ropley on the Watercress Line on 18 October

53808 approaching Ropley station from the Medstead direction.

53808 at Ropley on the Watercress Line on 18 October

53808 on the up platform at Ropley.

53808 at Ropley on the Watercress Line on 18 October

A general view of Ropley station with 53808 in view.


17 October 2020.

After the Trust's S&D 7F moved from the West Somerset Railway on long-term hire in August 2020, the Watercress Line Autumn Steam Gala was the first time in active service on the line since 53808's last visit some years ago.

It was a delight to see 53808 striding up the 1 in 60 gradient between Ropley and Medstead; in the video we include two of the other locos involved; Stanier 'Jubilee' 45596 'Bahamas' and SR S15 30516.

The main part of the video was taken between Ropley and Medstead followed by a short section at the foot crossing between Alresford and Ropley. We have also included some still images featuring 53808 taken by Julian Clark on Friday 16 October.

You might also be interested in the updated Kingfisher DVD about the 7Fs, available from our online shop.

Here are some images from Julian Clark taken in the sunnier weather on Friday 16 October:

53808 on the Watercress Line, 16 October 2020.

Above, shortly after leaving Ropley and about to pass over the footpath crossing on the way to Alresford.

53808 on the Watercress Line, 16 October 2020.

53808 on the Watercress Line, 16 October 2020.

53808 on the Watercress Line, 16 October 2020.

Above, 53808 waits to leave Alresford while a demonstration freight train runs in.


15 October 2020.

53808 has been in steam in preparation for the Watercress Line gala weekend from 16-18 October, this running providing the opportunity to bed-in the new piston rings.

Please note: the gala event is completely sold out. There are no tickets left and no access to stations during the event for people without tickets.

53808 at Ropley on 13 October

Above, 53808 is seen at Ropley at 1.30 pm on Tuesday 13 October. [Photo by Brian Kennedy].

53808 beside the signalbox at Ropley on 13 October

53808 beside the signalbox at Ropley. [Photo by Brian Kennedy].

Just before 5 pm on Tuesday, 53808 came through Medstead with a string of carriages. [Photo by Brian Kennedy].

53808 at the platform at Ropley on 14 October.

On the Wednesday, here is 53808 at Ropley with a string of goods vehicles. [Photo By Richard Bentley].

14 October 2020.

53808 between Medstead and Ropley on 14 October

53808 runs down from Medstead to Ropley on 14 October. [Photo by Richard Bentley].

53808 at Medstead and Four Marks station on 14 October

53808 at Medstead on 14 October. [Photo by Matt Bentley].