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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 not ...Read more

West Country Buffet - December Opening Hours

Please note revised opening times for the West Country Buffet on the platform at Alresford Station. ...Read more

Santa News 20th, 21st & 22nd December

Ticket availability to buy on the day.... Read more

SANTA SPECIALS - STILL TIME TO BOOK for Tuesday and Christmas Eve!

Still time to book! Tuesday 23rd December - plenty of seats available. To check the current status CLICK HERE Christmas Eve, 24th Decembe...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

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 detailed...Read more

WIN in our Facebook competitions. No More Socks!

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

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

The 2015 timetable and information leaflets have just arrived at the Watercress Line! Inside you will find information about special events, such as the Spring Gala, Day Out with Thomas and Peppa Pig, facts about our 150 year old railway or esse...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

Alresford Station Gift Shop Open!

With only 6 weeks to go until Christmas, our gift shop at Alresford station really is the best place to find the perfect present! It's not all just railway related items; we stock a varied range of giftware, books, food, Christmas Confectionery and...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

Join us for our annual Sponsored Walk

See the line from a different perspective... Read more


Popular dates sell out fast, so book early to avoid disappointment. ... Read more


Avoid the queues and book in advance for the Autumn Steam Spectacular. CLICK HERE for more details and to book your tickets. 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

Autumn Steam Spectacular Latest Announcement!

We are delighted to announce that GWR 'Auto Tank' 1450 together with autocoach W231 will be joining our impressive Autumn Steam Gala lineup, courtesy of the Severn Valley Railway! As part of our GWR themed gala she will be joining Manor Clas...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

Watercress Line Open Midweek

Mid week services return this week... Read more

Toot Toot said Thomas. Thank you to everybody who came to see me at the Watercress Line and I will be back in August.

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 T...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

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