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The Mid-Hants Railway (MHR) is embarking, subject to funding, on a project in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).  This project entitled, CanPac – Engineering a Future from the Past involves the restoration of the oldest survivin...Read more

Mid Hants Preservation Society Gifted LBSCR Coaches

The Mid Hants Railway is delighted to announce that four 19th-century, heritage coach bodies have been donated to the Preservation Society by the Hayling Island Railway Society.  It is believed that the London, Brighton and South Coast ...Read more

EXTRA DATE for Real Ale Train & Watercress Belle

We are pleased to advise that we have been able to add an extra date to the calendar for our Real Ale and Watercress Belle Dining trains. The additional date is Saturday 25th April 2015 To book tickets for the Real Ale Train please CL...Read more

Mid Hants Railway - January opening hours

West Country Buffet at Alresford - Closed throughout January.... Read more

34051 'Winston Churchill' Leaves Mid Hants

On the evening of Tuesday 20th January, No. 34051 'Winston Churchill' departed from the Mid Hants Railway heading for the National Railway Museum, where it will take centre stage of a new exhibition.  Since arriving ...Read more

VACANCY - Repair and Maintenance Boilersmith

A vacancy has arisen at our Ropley Locomotive Works... Read more

No. 70000 Reunited with Driving Wheels

We are delighted to confirm that 'Britannia' has had her driving wheels re-attached at Ropley. Therefore, No. 70000 is on track for her appearance at our Spring Gala. 19/1/15 Read more

Churchill's Funeral Loco Completed at MHR

No. 34051 'Winston Churchill' has recently received a cosmetic restoration at the Mid Hants Railway. The engine will be on public display at the National Railway Museum, York from 30th January.  The article below details the restoration that ...Read more

Mid Hants Railway - January opening hours

West Country Buffet at Alresford - Closed throughout January.... Read more

Spring Gala Line-up Announced!

We are thrilled to reveal that the guest locomotives for our upcoming Spring Gala (13 – 15 February) will be LNER A4 Pacific No. 4464 'Bittern' and Britannia Class No.70000 ‘Britannia’. The Gala will be an exciting event that will ...Read more

What's Coming Up at the Watercress Line in 2015?

The 2015 timetable and information leaflets have arrived at the Watercress Line, pick up your copy from one of our stations or in the local area. Inside you will find information about special events, such as the Spring Gala, Day Out with Thom...Read more

Vacancy for a Volunteer Telecoms Leader

We are currently looking for a volunteer Telecoms Leader to manage and build our small team of telecoms engineers, undertaking planned maintenance work and responding to emergency faults across the network.  Please click here for the detail...Read more

Sponsored Walk Update

November 8th saw us, yet again, holding our Walk the Line sponsored walk. Attendance was a little down on last year but about 250 walkers set off, many from Alton as well as the intermediate stations. The weather was the opposite of last year with ...Read more

WIN in our Facebook competitions. No More Socks!

Think outside the gift-giving box this Christmas.... Read more

Lift to the Station?

When three police cars pull up at once, it is safe to assume that there is trouble afoot. That was not the case this morning (1/12/14), instead we welcomed the Alresford Police Team for their group photo.  How many wor...Read more

Spring Gala 13 - 15 February 2015

Revised dates - 13, 14 & 15 Febuary 2015... Read more

MHRPS Grand Draw 2014 Winners Announced

MID-HANTS RAILWAY PRESERVATION SOCIETY GRAND DRAW IN AID OF THE BR STANDARD FOUR RESTORATION FUND The draw took place at Alresford on Sunday 2nd November 2014. The winning tickets were:- £1,000 Mr. Chris Davis, Leighton Buzzard Ticket No....Read more

Contact Requested from Recent Correspondent

We would be grateful if the authors of the anonymous letter addressed to the General Manager could contact the  Managing Director; as a Company we take the content of the letter seriously but there is nothing within your letter which gives u...Read more

Time Traveller Returns to Alresford Station

Stolen clock is returned... Read more

Volunteer Booking Clerk Vacancies

The Station Master at Ropley is seeking to increase the number of Booking Clerks on his team to enable the Booking Office to be opened on more days in 2015. Increasing traffic through Ropley means that we would like to have this valuable facility o...Read more

MHR awarded first-round pass by HLF

Mid Hants Railway "The Watercress Line” is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a first-round pass by the Heritage Lottery Fund for its project "Canadian Pacific - engineering a future from the past.” The project will restore the railway...Read more

Vacancies for a Mechanical Fabricator/Sheet Metal Worker & An Experienced Carpenter

The Mid Hants Railway are seeking 2 skilled engineers, who will be based at the Ropley Carriage and Wagon Shed, to strip down two Southern Railway coaches designed by Oliver Bullied; Open Third S1456 and Corridor Third Brake S4367. This is to asses...Read more

Watercress Line Awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for consistently receiving such fantastic reviews from our visitors!  "The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to e...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

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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Halloween Photo Gallery

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