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The Watercress Line took people on holiday, carried people to war, transported evacuees and moved all the essential goods of the area, especially of course watercress. A visit to the railway is a visit back in time. Most of the steam engines on the railway actually worked on the line in its heyday.

Ropley is the base for our carriage restorations and locomotive overhauls. It also has a spacious picnic area. With this in mind we have altered our timetables so there is time at Ropley to see the locomotives, enjoy a picnic, get some refreshments, or simply enjoy the beautiful Hampshire countryside whilst the engine takes water and other trains pass by. We have slightly extended the length of the trip so that you can enjoy more of scenic Hampshire.

To keep you safe we are:

•Managing the number of people that can visit at any one time

•Allocating seats on your train which are socially distanced from other family groups

•Cleaning carriages internally after every trip

•Cleaning external door handles frequently

•Creating one-way systems through carriages

•Locking on-train toilets so they are out of use, and increasing the cleaning frequency of station toilets

•Ensuring our staff and volunteers do not report to work if they are affected by the virus

You can help us by:

•Not arriving more than 20 minutes before your booked departure

•Keeping to your allocated seats and avoiding moving around the train

•Keeping social distanced from our staff and other visitors at all times

•Waiting for station staff to open and close carriage doors for you

•Except in an emergency, following one-way systems on board the trains and at the stations

•Wearing a face covering whilst on board any train, to comply with legislation relating to public transport

Anyone arriving on the day with symptoms of Covid-19 will be refused entry and not be eligible for a refund. Anyone developing symptoms prior to the event and notifying the railway will receive a full refund.

 

Service 1 - One Steam
Trains from Alresford
Alresford dep 1100 1430
Ropley arr 1108 1438
  dep 1115 1445
Alton arr 1138 1508
  dep 1205 1535
Ropley arr 1230 1600
    Break Break
  dep 1315 1645
Medstead arr 1325 1655
  dep 1340 1710
Alresford arr 1358 1728
Service 2 - Steam and Diesel
Trains from Alton   Trains from Alresford
Alton dep 1050 1420   Alresford dep 1100 1430
Alresford arr 1120 1450   Ropley arr 1108 1438
  dep 1135 1505     dep 1115 1445
Ropley arr 1143 1513   Alton arr 1138 1508
    Break Break     dep 1205 1535
  dep 1230 1600   Ropley arr 1230 1600
Alresford arr 1238 1608       Break Break
  dep 1250 1620     dep 1315 1645
Alton arr 1320 1650   Medstead arr 1325 1655
             dep 1340 1710
  Alresford arr 1358 1728
Service 3 - Steam and Steam
Trains from Alton   Trains from Alresford
Alton dep 1050 1420   Alresford dep 1100 1430
Alresford arr 1120 1450   Ropley arr 1108 1438
  dep 1135 1505     dep 1115 1445
Ropley arr 1143 1513   Alton arr 1138 1508
    Break Break     dep 1205 1535
  dep 1230 1600   Ropley arr 1230 1600
Alresford arr 1238 1608       Break Break
  dep 1250 1620     dep 1315 1645
Alton arr 1320 1650   Medstead arr 1325 1655
            dep 1340 1710
          Alresford arr 1358 1728

 

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.

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