A low loader lorry broke down near Alresford causing traffic chaos in the market town

The lorry carrying the Watercress Line steam engine broke down in Alresford. Picture by Robert Mott

The lorry carrying the Watercress Line steam engine broke down in Alresford. Picture by Robert Mott

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Winchester Chief Reporter

A broken down lorry carrying a historic steam train brought traffic chaos to a Hampshire market town today.

The low loader was carrying an engine from the Watercress Line on the way to a railway in Peterborough.

It edged out of Alresford station and down Station Road before turning into West Street, where it stalled.

A spokesman for the railway said today: “The low loader has broken down. Hopefully it will be fixed sooner rather than later.”

The breakdown caused localised traffic delays.

Charters Estate Agents on West Street had the engine stuck outside all day. It got moving again at about 3.20pm.

Tim Griffin, spokesman for Charters, said: “It has caused mayhem but mayhem with a smile. If it had been a lorry people would have complained.

“We had a laugh. We joked that the new company car had arrived.”

Another engine was taken by road to a steam railway in Swanage yesterday without mishap.

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7:21pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Micle1974 says...

Chasos for how many people?
Good job it didn't break down on the motorway...that would be chaos!
Chasos for how many people? Good job it didn't break down on the motorway...that would be chaos! Micle1974
  • Score: 6

8:23pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Turtlebay says...

Bet they weren't chuffed!
Bet they weren't chuffed! Turtlebay
  • Score: 18

8:41pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Nearly an OAP says...

What a pity that Network Rail cannot compete pricewise to move their former locomotives to other heritage railways.
What a pity that Network Rail cannot compete pricewise to move their former locomotives to other heritage railways. Nearly an OAP
  • Score: 6

8:53pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Turtlebay wrote:
Bet they weren't chuffed!
The lorry driver has tendered his resignation.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Bet they weren't chuffed![/p][/quote]The lorry driver has tendered his resignation. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 12

11:02pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Stubs says...

They need a new train. Trust me.
They need a new train. Trust me. Stubs
  • Score: 0

12:36am Wed 3 Sep 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

I bet there were more than 9F's!
I bet there were more than 9F's! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 6

12:58am Wed 3 Sep 14

Positively4thStreet says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I bet there were more than 9F's!
Did you see the One Show last night Osprey?
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: I bet there were more than 9F's![/p][/quote]Did you see the One Show last night Osprey? Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 0

1:03am Wed 3 Sep 14

Positively4thStreet says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I bet there were more than 9F's!
That's one of your many Riddles is it? ;0)
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: I bet there were more than 9F's![/p][/quote]That's one of your many Riddles is it? ;0) Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 4

4:43am Wed 3 Sep 14

Winsaint says...

Bet they were chuffed once it got moving again!!
Bet they were chuffed once it got moving again!! Winsaint
  • Score: -2

10:01am Wed 3 Sep 14

ItchenBridger says...

It's not a TRAIN, it's a ****** ENGINE!!!!
Get your facts correct or don't bother.
It's not a TRAIN, it's a ****** ENGINE!!!! Get your facts correct or don't bother. ItchenBridger
  • Score: 8

11:31am Wed 3 Sep 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I bet there were more than 9F's!
That's one of your many Riddles is it? ;0)
A Standard joke for anoraks, Class 9F desiged by Robert Riddles (For non steam buffs).
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: I bet there were more than 9F's![/p][/quote]That's one of your many Riddles is it? ;0)[/p][/quote]A Standard joke for anoraks, Class 9F desiged by Robert Riddles (For non steam buffs). OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

11:32am Wed 3 Sep 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

I guess there was a tender behind involved here?
I guess there was a tender behind involved here? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

11:34am Wed 3 Sep 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I bet there were more than 9F's!
Did you see the One Show last night Osprey?
No. I missed the programme. still turfing out the attic, for the electricians to get in to rewire the upstairs area.
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: I bet there were more than 9F's![/p][/quote]Did you see the One Show last night Osprey?[/p][/quote]No. I missed the programme. still turfing out the attic, for the electricians to get in to rewire the upstairs area. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

1:35pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Charlie Bucket says...

ItchenBridger wrote:
It's not a TRAIN, it's a ****** ENGINE!!!!
Get your facts correct or don't bother.
You need a special engine just for THAT???
[quote][p][bold]ItchenBridger[/bold] wrote: It's not a TRAIN, it's a ****** ENGINE!!!! Get your facts correct or don't bother.[/p][/quote]You need a special engine just for THAT??? Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 0

4:20pm Wed 3 Sep 14

RoverP6B says...

Nearly an OAP wrote:
What a pity that Network Rail cannot compete pricewise to move their former locomotives to other heritage railways.
It's not that simple. Network Rail has banned this particular locomotive class from its metals because of the flangeless middle wheelset. Something to do with a change in the height of check rails since the end of steam.
[quote][p][bold]Nearly an OAP[/bold] wrote: What a pity that Network Rail cannot compete pricewise to move their former locomotives to other heritage railways.[/p][/quote]It's not that simple. Network Rail has banned this particular locomotive class from its metals because of the flangeless middle wheelset. Something to do with a change in the height of check rails since the end of steam. RoverP6B
  • Score: 1

4:21pm Wed 3 Sep 14

RoverP6B says...

ItchenBridger wrote:
It's not a TRAIN, it's a ****** ENGINE!!!!
Get your facts correct or don't bother.
Technically, it's a locomotive.
[quote][p][bold]ItchenBridger[/bold] wrote: It's not a TRAIN, it's a ****** ENGINE!!!! Get your facts correct or don't bother.[/p][/quote]Technically, it's a locomotive. RoverP6B
  • Score: 2

6:08pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Positively4thStreet says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Positively4thStreet wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I bet there were more than 9F's!
Did you see the One Show last night Osprey?
No. I missed the programme. still turfing out the attic, for the electricians to get in to rewire the upstairs area.
Big piece on reintroducing the Osprey back into Spain near Bilbao from Scotland.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: I bet there were more than 9F's![/p][/quote]Did you see the One Show last night Osprey?[/p][/quote]No. I missed the programme. still turfing out the attic, for the electricians to get in to rewire the upstairs area.[/p][/quote]Big piece on reintroducing the Osprey back into Spain near Bilbao from Scotland. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 0

6:14pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Positively4thStreet says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Positively4thStreet wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I bet there were more than 9F's!
That's one of your many Riddles is it? ;0)
A Standard joke for anoraks, Class 9F desiged by Robert Riddles (For non steam buffs).
Steady on..you'll make all the anoraks Crosti.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: I bet there were more than 9F's![/p][/quote]That's one of your many Riddles is it? ;0)[/p][/quote]A Standard joke for anoraks, Class 9F desiged by Robert Riddles (For non steam buffs).[/p][/quote]Steady on..you'll make all the anoraks Crosti. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 1

10:37pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Turtlebay says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Positively4thStreet wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I bet there were more than 9F's!
That's one of your many Riddles is it? ;0)
A Standard joke for anoraks, Class 9F desiged by Robert Riddles (For non steam buffs).
Was he related to Jimmy Riddles!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: I bet there were more than 9F's![/p][/quote]That's one of your many Riddles is it? ;0)[/p][/quote]A Standard joke for anoraks, Class 9F desiged by Robert Riddles (For non steam buffs).[/p][/quote]Was he related to Jimmy Riddles! Turtlebay
  • Score: 0

11:35pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Turtlebay wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Positively4thStreet wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I bet there were more than 9F's!
That's one of your many Riddles is it? ;0)
A Standard joke for anoraks, Class 9F desiged by Robert Riddles (For non steam buffs).
Was he related to Jimmy Riddles!
Only a wee bit.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: I bet there were more than 9F's![/p][/quote]That's one of your many Riddles is it? ;0)[/p][/quote]A Standard joke for anoraks, Class 9F desiged by Robert Riddles (For non steam buffs).[/p][/quote]Was he related to Jimmy Riddles![/p][/quote]Only a wee bit. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 0

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