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Toot Toot said Thomas (Triumphantly). Thomas is only at the Watercress Line until Easter Monday

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends here at the Watercress Line! Come and experience a ride on a real steam train, shake hands with the Fat Controller and take part in Thomas themed activities in the Imagination Station. Don't panic Thomas...Read more


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Day Out With Thomas - Advance Tickets

Due to the close proximity of your visit all tickets purchased in advance will be held for collection on the day of your visit. The default collection point is Ropley Station where there is ample free parking in the meadow adjacent to the ...Read more

Watercress Belle Dining Trains - May Availability

We have been able to increase the capacity on the Watercress Belle Dining trains on 10th and 24th May. We now have 1 x Table for 2 People and 1 x Table for 4 People available on both of the above dates.  First come, First served.  Full pay...Read more

Watercress Lodges Campsite Opens This Weekend!

The Watercress Lodges Campsite next door to Ropley station opens on Saturday 12th April. The campsite offers a beautiful, landscaped campground, set in farmland with stunning views over the Hampshire countryside. The campground has all the facilities...Read more

Autumn Steam Spectacular Latest News

Hot on the heels of our fantastic Spring Steam Gala we can confirm that our Autumn Steam Spectacular will have a Great Western Railway theme. We are currently in negotiations for several locos, and will keep you updated here and on Facebook and Twitt...Read more

Spring Steam Gala Feedback

We had a thoroughly enjoyable and successful weekend for our Great Spring Steam Gala. Thank you to everyone who came to the railway to join us for such a fantastic event and thank you to all support crews, volunteers and staff who worked so hard to...Read more

Watercress Line Gets Iconic Painting

During a visit to Ropley works in January to view progress on the cosmetic restoration of  steam locomotive No 34051 Winston Churchill,  the Mid Hants Railway was presented with a print of the new painting The ACE at Battledown which feat...Read more

Sponsored Walk Update

The outstanding pledges from our Sponsored Walk in November are now in and we are delighted to announce that we have raised around £7,000 mark.(final Gift Aid contributions are yet to be confirmed)   Considering the atrocious weather th...Read more

DJ Models Available From The Watercress Line!

We are delighted to announce that we have become the first stockist in Hampshire for the new model railway manufacturer DJ models.  DJ Models has been set up by Dave Jones, formerly of Dapol, and will cater for 2mm (N), 4mm (OO) and 7mm (O) sc...Read more

Watercress Line on Social Media

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Sponsored Walk Update

It`s very pleasing to be able to report that we have again this year, despite the inclement weather, had a very successful Sponsored Walk. This is a great credit to all of you who took part, and indicative of your support and interest in the railw...Read more

Watercress Lodges and Campsite at Ropley Station

Situated overlooking the Watercress Line at Ropley station, the four star Watercress Lodges are now available for guests to book!  There are six bespoke 2 bedroom self-catering lodges, each named after a station from the original ...Read more

MHRPS Grand Draw 2013 WINNERS

Draw took place on 3rd November 2013... Read more

Halloween Photo Gallery

Follow the link to see Wizards and Witches on the Kings Cross Bridge... Read more

Vacancy for Kitchen / Front of House Assistant

Join the busy West Country Buffet... Read more

Dusty Steam Engines and Shiny Sports Cars

The Standard 5 Returns... Read more

‘Harry Potter’ Footbridge Opens at the Watercress Line!

The iconic footbridge from Kings Cross station has rematerialized here at the Watercress Line and was officially opened on Tuesday 11th June. Dismantled and removed from Kings Cross as part of major refurbishment in 2008, the Grade 1 listed structu...Read more

School’s Out at the Watercress Line!

Steam locomotive Schools Class No. 925 ‘Cheltenham’ has been fully overhauled and returned to steam over 30 years after it was last in service. Owned by the National Railway Museum in York, the locomotive has been stripped down and rebuilt by a hig...Read more

Ropley to Medstead: 30 years on

This bank holiday weekend sees the 30th anniversary of the re-opening of the Watercress Line from Ropley to Medstead & Four Marks on 28th May 1983. Click here for a photographic reminder of what was involved.     &n...Read more

Austin Healeys at Alresford

The sunny weather brought a group of Austin Healeys to Alresford Train Station... Read more

Eastleigh And The Railways - Your Stories!

If you have a tale to tell about Eastleigh and the railways, the Eastleigh Museum would like to hear it! You might have memories of the works, or recollections of your relatives going back in time. It might be about the homes, family life, social l...Read more