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Standard Travel 1+ Train Service


'Standard Travel' refers to the normal running days at the Watercress Line - the blue, green and orange days on our calendar. Purchase your tickets when you arrive on the day from the ticket offices at Alresford, Medstead or Alton stations. If you are travelling in more than 7 days time you can purchase standard travel tickets in advance, they are valid for 12 months for all Standard Travel services and also make a great gift idea.

We run steam locomotives throughout the year, with heritage diesel back-up and additional running days. Our fares give you all day unlimited travel, enabling you to explore all four period stations and the nearby towns and attractions all on one travel ticket - so arrive early and make the most of your day.


On Light Blue days on our calendar we run one steam locomotive and one Hampshire Diesel Unit to the timetable below. We always plan to run at least one steam locomotive, but use heritage diesels for back up if required.

10.50 (Diesel) 12.00 12.50 (Diesel) 2.00 2.50 (Diesel) 4.00
Medstead 11.04 12.15 1.04 2.15 3.04 4.15
Ropley 11.16 12.27 1.16 2.27 3.16 4.27
Alresford arr 11.24 12.35 1.24 2.35 3.24 4.35
Alresford dep 11.00 11.45 1.00 1.45 3.00 3.45
Ropley 11.16 12.00 1.16 2.00 3.16 4.00
Medstead 11.27 12.15 1.27 2.15 3.27 4.15
Alton 11.40 12.28 1.40 2.28 3.40 4.28

Standard Travel Fares

Adult /Senior £16
Child (age 2-16yrs) £8
Child (under 2 yrs) FREE
Family (2A+2C) £40
Disabled One FREE adult carer per full fare paying

disabled child or adult



Advance fares include all booking fees.

Advance Standard Travel tickets are valid for 12 months from date of booking, regardless of any fare changes.
*excludes Day Out With Thomas, Santa Specials, RAT and dining trains.


PLEASE NOTE: Standard Travel fares are NOT valid for Special Events, Dining or Real Ale Trains. Our special events are priced separately; tickets for these can be bought on the day or in advance if you wish to avoid the queues. Santa Specials, Dining Trains and Real Ale Trains are all advance booking only.

Selected promotional, TESCO and other vouchers are all valid for standard travel fares bought on the day at any of our stations. Promotional vouchers cannot be used for advance bookings via the website or telephone. Only one promotional offer can be used per transaction.

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The Company does not guarantee that the trains will arrive or depart at the times stated and reserves the right to cancel, alter or suspend any train without notice, or to substitute a different train should this be necessary for whatever reason.

Should it be necessary to replace a scheduled steam loco at short notice a heritage diesel may be used as it takes several hours to get a steam loco ready.

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