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Waterloo to Alton

Relive the golden age of steam in the heart of the English countryside, just an hour away from London. Experience the nostalgic sights, sounds and smells of a working steam railway as you travel for ten miles on the Watercress Line between Alton and Alresford in the historic county of Hampshire!

Travel by modern train from London Waterloo to Alton station with South West Trains; direct trains run every 30 minutes throughout the day for this one hour ten minute journey. When you arrive at Alton station simply cross to platform 3 and purchase your Watercress Line ticket. From May to the end of September steam trains depart at 12.00 and 2.00 every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and additionally at 10.50, 12.50 and 2.50 on Saturday and Sunday. From the end of July and throughout August all five departures run every day. Fares give you all day travel so that you can explore the four period stations and the surrounding area.

Alton is famous for its literary connection; Jane Austenís House Museum is just a one mile taxi ride away in the village of Chawton. This is Jane Austenís last home where she lived with her mother and sister for eight years, writing and revising her famous novels, and is open daily from 10.30 Ė 4.30.

At the other end of the line the historic Georgian town of Alresford awaits you. With boutique shops and cafes and a short picturesque river walk, this is a slice of English life at its very best!

The last steam train back from Alresford departs at 3.00, giving you plenty of time to catch the regular trains back to Waterloo for an evening in London. Or you might like to extend your stay overnight in one of the local hotels and get a real taste of these rural towns!

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

Dog FREE

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TRAIN TIMETABLES

On green days on our calendar we run 1 locomotive on our Standard Service 1 timetable below. Green days are February half term, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from May to July and in September. We always plan to run one steam locomotive, but use heritage diesels for back up if required. 

Alton
12.00 2.00 4.00
Medstead
12.15 2.15 4.15
Ropley
12.27 2.27 4.27
Alresford arr
12.35 2.35 4.35
Alresford dep 11.00 1.00 3.00
Ropley 11.16 1.16 3.16
Medstead 11.27 1.27 3.27
Alton 11.40 1.40 3.40

On blue days on our calendar we run 2 locomotives on our Standard Service 2 timetable below. Blue days are weekends from February to October, Bank Holidays and school holidays except when Special Events are running with their own timetable. On February and October weekend the locomotives will be one steam and the Hampshire Unit heritage Diesel. At all other times we run 2 steam locomotives.

Alton
10.50 12.00 12.50 2.00 2.50 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


On four Sundays throughout the year we run a heritage diesel train in addition to our two steam service - 19th June, 10th July, 28th August and 11th September.

Diesel Steam Steam Diesel Steam Steam Diesel Steam Steam Diesel Steam
Alton
10.50 11.15 12.00 12.54 1.20 2.05 3.00 3.26 4.10
Medstead 11.04 11.29 12.15 1.08 1.34 2.19 3.14 3.40 4.27
Ropley 11.16 11.40 12.27 1.19 1.45 2.30 3.26 4.02 4.39
Alresford 11.24 11.48 12.35 1.37 1.53 2.38 3.34 4.10 4.47
Alresford 10.10 11.00 11.50 12.12 1.00 1.55 2.15 3.10 3.50
Ropley 10.22 11.16 12.00 12.27 1.20 2.05 2.31 3.26 4.05
Medstead 10.33 11.31 12.15 12.38 1.35 2.20 2.43 3.41 4.25
Alton 10.54 11.44 12.28 1.00 1.48 2.33 3.04 3.54 4.38

Advance fares include all booking fees. 
Advance Standard Travel tickets are valid for 12 months from date of booking, regardless of any fare changes.

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.

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