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 structure found a new home with us, where it has been installed to provide a premium vantage point as part of our new visitor route around Ropley station.
The ribbon was cut by Sir William McAlpine, Chairman of the Railway Heritage Trust, who then unveiled a plaque recording the grant given by the Trust towards the cost of the project. He also unveiled two wrought iron scrolls dedicated to the famous company which built the bridge in 1892, Andrew Handyside & Co Ltd Derby & London; which also built Olympia in London.
Sir William McAlpine said "I am delighted that we have been able to facilitate the restoration and re-use of this iconic bridge which has appeared in so many films, including ‘The 39 steps’ and ‘Elizabethan Express’, as well, of course, as ‘Harry Potter’. We hope that it is as successful in its new life as it was in its original one.”
The footbridge was used as the location in the Warner Bros film ‘The Philosopher's Stone’ where Hagrid gives Harry Potter his first Hogwarts Express ticket. It was regularly visited by Harry Potter film fans prior to removal from Kings Cross and our Managing Director, Colin Chambers commented "We look forward to welcoming these fans to see the bridge in its new home, and hope that they will enjoy learning about our engineering heritage as exemplified by the steam trains we operate and the buildings and structures that we maintain.”