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Pony near Hampton Ridge
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Steam trains across the Forest

Steam train at Beaulieu Road station
A very special train approaches
Beaulieu Road station

Revel in the glories of steam, a must for nostalgia buffs, those old enough to remember the days of steam, and others curious to experience just what the fuss is all about.

Here we see a 1930s Gresley A4 Pacific locomotive - engine number 4492, Dominion of New Zealand - approaching Beaulieu Road station on a nice, warm summer's day.

The Railway Touring Company run regular steam train trips from London to Weymouth, and back, which provide opportunities to watch classic engines powering across the Forest.

Check their web site for timetable details.

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** New Forest ponies and other animals**
The New Forest
Commoners' ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during 2019 agisters attended 159 road traffic accidents involving these animals, a small but disappointing increase on the 154 accidents attended in 2018.

Sadly, 58 animals were killed - 35 ponies, 13 cows, 8 donkeys and 2 sheep, whilst a further 32 were injured - 3 pigs, 9 donkeys, 11 cows and 9 ponies.

(Forty-three accidents occurred in daylight, 15 at twilight and 101 in the dark. Twenty-seven accidents were not reported by the driver involved).

Here's just one horrific example - Three donkeys killed in collision with van at notorious New Forest blackspot (Advertiser and Times)
** Always take care when driving **
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley