Whatever the time of year, there is always much to see and do here at the Watercress Line. Your ticket gives you all day travel, so you can take as many journeys as you wish and break your journey to explore the stations and board another train later on. It also allows you to pop out of the railway to enjoy the nearby walks and visitor attractions without worry.
A country station famous for its topiary, once housing only a small goods yard it has now become the engineering hub of the Watercress Line.
Get up close to some of our locos in the Loco Yard
See some restoration in action from our viewing galleries.
Walk in Harry Potter’s footsteps over the railway footbridge where he received his Hogwarts Express ticket – the King’s Cross bridge is now here in Ropley!
The station building on Platform 2 houses a restored ticket office and a representation of a typical station masters lounge.
Our children’s playground and picnic area in the orchard offer fantastic views so children can play while adults can take in the view.
There is a gift shop on the platform which also sells refreshments.
MEDSTEAD & FOUR MARKS
Situated close to the summit of "the Alps", Medstead & Four Marks is the highest station in Southern England. A typical country station, it is smaller and more peaceful than our other stations and offers a range of local walks.
There is an exhibition in the waiting room illustrating the history and transformation of the station
Step back in time in our restored station building and period booking office
Enjoy stunning views of the railway from the footbridge
Coming soon – our new Goods Shed exhibition about goods handling on the railway.
There are two lovely walks from Medstead station to Alton through beautiful countryside where you can also see Jane Austen House in Chawton village.
Walk no.1 :Medstead & Four Marks to Alton
Alton is the eastern tip of the Watercress Line, where we share the station with South West Trains (who use Platforms 1 & 2).
Beyond the London end of the station is one of our Wagon Group restoration bases and the Railway’s three steam cranes are also maintained here.
On the platform we have a gift shop selling tickets, snacks and gifts
The town centre is a short 10 minute walk from the railway station, offering a variety of pubs,restaurants and high street shops.
The Curtis Museum is in the town centre with a large local history collection
The Allen gallery is also in the town centre and houses a ceramics and pottery collection
Jane Austen's House in Chawton village is just a couple of miles away, easily accessible by taxi or take a short walk along the Jane Austen Trail spotting other important Austen locations along the way.