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The age of steam is returning to a corner of south-east London.

A crowdfunding campaign to build a 700-metre narrow gauge railway in Crossness has reached its target — while the restoration of the steam locomotive, and its rake of carriages, is almost complete.

The glorious Crossness Pumping station

The railway line, will be constructed by the RANG (Royal Arsenal Narrow Gauge Railway) team, and will run between the sublime Crossness Pumping station and its car park (which, at 700 metres away, is currently a slog).

It’ll be the first new build narrow gauge railway south of the Thames, and inside the M25 corridor, for 80 years.

Crossness Pumping Station itself — the magnificent ‘Cathedral of the Marshes’ has been shut to the public recently, but is reopening for a series of tours and open days in 2019.

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