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Visitors are permitted to film and/or photograph at the Mid Hants Railway Ltd for personal use only. Filming and photography for commercial gain is strictly prohibited unless pre-approved by the Company. 

Drones must not be operated on or within 50m of Mid Hants Railway property.

The Mid Hants Railway only permits line side access to those with a valid Mid Hants Identity Card and PTS. No other line side access is permitted, including PTS certification issued by other heritage railways, and is viewed as trespass.

We respectfully ask photographers to remain in publically accessible areas. Please note that the field and crossing at Wanders Curve between Ropley and Medstead is not publically accessible land. Due to the amount of photographers that congregate in this area, we have been asked by the land owner to point out that this is private property and you will be trespassing in this field without the land owners consent. Cars parked in the access to the fields will be removed by the land owner. The railway asks that you respect the wishes of our neighbours and you do not trespass on to private property. Thank you.

The Watercress Line is pleased to have a long record spanning several decades as a versatile location in film, television and photographic productions, ranging from photo shoots, advertisements and television dramas to feature films. 

The railway buildings and infrastructure provide a historical Southern Railways setting between the 1940's to 1960's which can be further adapted to fit the needs of the project in hand, from Victorian to modern times. 

The locomotive power encompasses steam and diesel, with a wide range of carriages and wagons available.
The Railway's close proximity to London provides easy access via both road and rail, with the direct link from London Waterloo station. 

Please direct all filming and photography enquiries, including student projects, to the Managing Director.

Location Information
The line is 10 miles long, running between Alresford and Alton in rural Hampshire, England, near the A31 Winchester - Farnham main road, and is just over an hour from London. Our railway was once part of the British main-line network but is now independently owned and operated as a heritage steam railway. The steeply-graded route means that large and powerful locomotives are the hallmark of the line, now a major tourist attraction in the South of England.

The railway is available as a self-contained location and given our wealth of experience we understand the needs and requirements of production companies and agencies. The majority of our staff are volunteers - highly committed and enthusiastic. Technical and historical expert advice with regard to both past and present railway scenes is all part of our service.

There are four stations on the line:-

Alresford the headquarters of the Watercress Line, represents a typical Southern Railways station of the era 1923-1947 and has a large car park suitable for a location base.  Alresford station is gas-lit, including the station buffet.  

Ropley station represents a typical country station of the 1950's, with some fine topiary and locomotive yard and shed.

Medstead & Four Marks is a small country station restored in Southern green of the period 1923-47, with a goods yard and period booking office.

Alton station is shared with South West Trains and our platform represents the BR period of the 1950's. Previous work has included the "conversion" of stations and carriage stock to modern-day colour schemes.

At Alresford, Ropley and Medstead & Four Marks we have all facilities appropriate to the period:  signal boxes, waiting rooms and ticket offices. There are footbridges at all our stations.

The Mid Hants Railway has a variety of steam locomotives available, from ex- Southern Railway to former British Railways engines in green or black.

Diesel locomotives and trains are also available and because we are connected to the national rail network modern locomotives can be hired and readily brought to our line

The majority of our coaches are ex British Railway Mk1's built in the 1950's, either open saloons or with the more traditional compartments. The majority are in green livery and could portray a period from World War Two to the late 1960's. For contemporary interiors our heritage diesel trains might have what you are looking for.  

We also have a large selection of goods (freight) wagons and steam cranes which are versatile props.

Lineside Features
The track climbs through a series of deep cuttings, under and over bridges as well as embankments to reach the summit at Medstead & Four Marks station. There is also plenty of open country between Alresford and Medstead with scenic views across rolling countryside, and spectacular sunsets at Ropley.

Location Facilities & Costs
Alresford and Ropley stations have large open areas suitable for a location base, adjacent to Ropley station is a large field which has been used for a helicopter pad. The railway can help with local contacts in hotels and other services.

Costs depend on individual needs. We are happy to give conducted tours to Location Managers to discuss requirements prior to producing a formal quotation.  

Past Productions Include:

"Churchill, The Final Journey" for BBC1 2015
"Surprise, Surprise Christmas Special" for ITV 2014
"Wonders of Britain" - new ITV series for 2014.
"Collectaholics" - BBC series for 2014.
"The Wrong Mans" - 2013 BBC series written by and starring Matthew Baynton and James Cordon.
"Wartime Farm" - 2012 BBC Christmas Special.
"My Tasty Travels with Linda Bellingham" - 2012 TV series. 
"Great British Railway Journeys" - 2010 BBC TV series with Michael Portillo.
"Primeval"  - 2007 ITV Sci Fi adventure directed by Michael Katleman.
"Children of Men" - 2006 political thriller starring Michael Caine, Julianne Moore and Clive Owen.Trailer
"Back to the Secret Garden" - 2001 film sequel directed by Michael Tuchner, starring Joan Plowright, George Baker and Cherie Lunghi. (Alresford Station became Yorkshire c. 1946)
"High Heels & Low Lifes" - 2001 comedy drama directed by Mel Smith, starring Minnie Driver & Kevin McNally. (Alresford Station was altered to portray Victoria, Three Bridges & Haywards Heath). 
"The Cazalets" - 2001 BBC Drama set during WWII, starring Hugh Bonneville, Stephen Dillane, Lesley Manville and Joanna Page.
"The Glass" - 2001 drama series for Granada TV, starring John Thaw and Sarah Lancashire.
"On the Right Track"- 2001 short film written and directed by Ben Boultbee, starring Gerald Harper & Kim Fenton, (shot entirely on location at the Watercress Line).
"In the Name of Love" - 1999 TV drama for Meridian, starring Tara Fitzgerald. 
"The Canterville Ghost" - 1997 TV drama starring Cherie Lunghi & Donald Sinden
"Midsomer Murders" - 1997 onwards - Coach supplied to use in woods close to Pinewood. 
"Clockwork Mice"- 1995 drama starring Art Malik & Ian Hunt.
"The Great Kadinsky"- 1995 BBC TV movie directed by Terry Winsor, starring Richard Harris, Tom Bell and Dorothy Tutin.
"Pie In The Sky"- 1994-7 BBC TV Drama starring Richard Griffths.
"The Village" 1993 docu-soap for ITV by Tiger Aspect.
"Bullseye" - 1990 film starring Roger Moore & Michael Caine for Michael Winner using the "Orient Express".
"Birds Of A Feather"- 1989 Alomo production for BBC TV, starring Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson.
"Going Live"- 1987- a 3-hour live transmission for BBC TV from the Watercress Belle, Wine & Dine "Pullman style" train
"Inspector Wexford"- 1987 ITV Drama series based on the Ruth Rendall books, starring George Baker.

"Thomas The Tank Engine"- numerous works for Britt Allcroft Ltd involving our own character engines.
"Future via Hope" - short for Channel 5 TV starring Ian Lavender. (Directors showcase)
"Why Trains Crash" Documentary by Darlow Smithson for Channel 4 TV.
"Big Smoke" - TV Drama for Yorkshire TV directed by Johnny Campbell, starring Rose Keegan.

Commercials for Richmond sausages, Sky TV, Alliance & Leicester, Mercury One-2-One, Ovaltine and Vauxhall Motors. 

Photoshoots for Bliss Magazine, Kiabi, House & Garden Magazine, Orange.

Student projects, including Alice Stansfield's "End of the Line"

Commercial projects, including Unique Wedding Productions who have a great film showing 'behind the scenes'

The Watercress Line frequently features in its own right for productions, recently including "Churchill, The Final Journey" for BBC1, "Collectaholics" for BBC2, "Tasty Travels with Linda Bellingham", "BBC Countryfile", "Great British Railway Journeys" and other historical documentaries. 

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