Autumn Steam Gala

Our Autumn steam spectacular!

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Friday 18th - Sunday 20th October 2019

We look forward to welcoming you to our three day weekend. There will be steam locomotives operating a varied timetable from 9am to 5pm each day.

It will be one of the last chances to see 9F 92212 (our youngest steam loco built in 1959, 60 this year), running alongside newly restored Urie S15 506(currently our oldest running loco, built in 1920, she is 99 years old).

Ride behind our newly repainted Schools Class 30925 "Cheltenham”

Also back from her travels, 76017 will be running at the Gala.

FREE parking at Ropley in the field. Postcode SO24 0BL.


What else is on?

The Real Ale bar will be available on one of the trains each day. Treat yourself to a pint at only £3!


  • Behind the scene tours throughout Ropley workshop and yard - get up close and explore our locomotives under restoration.
    Meet at the entrance of the Education room at Ropley: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30
  • Our boiler workshop viewing gallery will be open - have a go at finding the broken stay in our boiler display!
  • Visit the carriage shop to view the progress of Bulleid carriage 1456 which is near completion
  • Take a ride on our miniature railway



  • View our Goods Store exhibition 'Delivering the Goods' all about goods handling on the railway
  • Find BY S 653 and "Gunpowder" van W 105761 displayed in the dock siding
  • Visit the Wagon Group sales stand located in parcels van BY S 653 in the dock siding



  • Visit the Goods Shed where the Guildford O gauge model railway will be displayed
  • The West Country Buffet will be open for hot and cold drinks and food


Click here for the timetable.



Adult £22
Adult (3 day pass) £44
Child (5-16yrs) £11
Child (3 day pass) £22
Child (under 5 yrs) FREE
Family £55

Advance tickets include all booking fees and tickets cost the same on the day.

Entry is by travel ticket only. Once tickets are purchased they cannot be changed or cancelled. Site/platform tickets, intermediate fares and discount vouchers are NOT VALID for this event.

FREE parking at Ropley in the field. Postcode SO24 0BL.
Disabled parking available at Alresford station. Disabled drop-off at Ropley station and park in the field.

The Watercress Line's Alton Station is currently closed, please use Stagecoach 64. The bus runs from Alton Station to Medstead Station Approach every half an hour on Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sundays. Please click here for the times.

Please note dogs will not be allowed on the passenger service with the Real Ale Bar.


Photography and Filming

Visitors are permitted to film and/or photograph at the Mid Hants Railway Ltd for personal use only. Filming and photography for commercial gain is strictly prohibited unless pre-approved by the Company.

Drones must not be operated on or within 50m of Mid Hants Railway property.

The Mid Hants Railway only permits line side access to those with a valid Mid Hants Identity Card and PTS. No other line side access is permitted, including PTS certification issued by other heritage railways, and is viewed as trespass.

We respectfully ask photographers to respect our neighbours private property and remain in publicly accessible areas. Please note that the field and crossing at Wanders Curve between Ropley and Medstead is not publicly accessible land. Thank you.

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.

Image for illustration purposes only.