Riverside 'steam queens' found

Daily Echo: The steam queens at Riverside Park in 1962 The steam queens at Riverside Park in 1962

ALL aboard! The Daily Echo has found Southampton’s three ‘steam queens’ who were the first passengers to ride on the miniature railway at the city’s Riverside Park half a century ago.

Now Elizabeth Reeves, and her daughters Susan Thackeray and Linda Webb, are on the right track for a reunion with the members of the Southampton Society of Model Engineers who are celebrating the golden jubilee of the miniature railway on Saturday and Sunday.

David Goyder from the society asked the Daily Echo to help find the original trio and within hours of the newspaper appearing in the shops Linda had made contact and was looking forward to taking part in the anniversary event.

“Everyone in the society will be absolutely delighted we have found our very own ‘steam queens’ again as this weekend would not be complete without them,’’ said

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5:30pm Fri 5 Oct 12

DippyDuck2 says...

I'm pleased that you managed to find your "railway queens" and that they will be attending the anniversary tomorrow. You may be interested to know that the engine driver in your photograph is my partner's father, Bill Perrett, who was a co-builder of the track at the Riverside Park. Sadly Bill is no longer with us but the engine he built, also shown in the photo, will be operating at the track, and his two daughters with members of their families will also be there.
Fingers crossed that the weather is kind to us.
I'm pleased that you managed to find your "railway queens" and that they will be attending the anniversary tomorrow. You may be interested to know that the engine driver in your photograph is my partner's father, Bill Perrett, who was a co-builder of the track at the Riverside Park. Sadly Bill is no longer with us but the engine he built, also shown in the photo, will be operating at the track, and his two daughters with members of their families will also be there. Fingers crossed that the weather is kind to us. DippyDuck2

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