It was definitely no South Western Railway train, but I can 100% see the evolution of trains over the years and just how important they were then as they are now. Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith. I was quite interested in simply going on the train on the Watercress Line!. The Watercress Belle will take you back to ocean liner glamour. The Mid-Hants Railway: From Construction to Closure 1st ed. Electrification of the line from London to Southampton occurred in 1967, which further affected the economics of the Mid-Hants route. Ropley is such a wonderful countryside village, the views from the bridge were absolutely stunning.
Thank you to sotonbloggers and the Watercress Line for having me! He pops items like this on his website for families who may be researching their family history to find. The cost of this round of projects exceeded £1m, assisted by funds within the railway and by additional volunteer labour. Enjoy a delicious lunch, cream tea or slice of cake and a drink at the picturesque West Country Buffet at Alresford station. Its shiny carriages and polished steam engines are maintained by a dedicated team of over 450 enthusiastic volunteers and staff who run a varied programme of themed events. There are an abundance of wonderful independent cafes, coffee shops, clothes shops, food markets etc — the ideal day out. Visit us to see, hear and again experience for yourself the thrill of powerful steam locos working hard for mile upon mile up our long, steep gradients. I will say it was strange getting on the train to actual chairs and tables, that you could move! Materials and displays for interpretation and overview are provided to educate visitors in the work and trades used to maintain and improve a largely manually-maintained, bespoke set of rolling stock.
The section between Alresford and Ropley re-opened on 30 April 1977. Watch over their shoulders as these wonderful machines are restored, maintained and run; see replacement parts being made and fitted. The new signals will be motorised semaphore signals as they are too far from the signal box to be operated mechanically without considerable physical effort by the signalman. It provides a hands-on signalling experience for visitors together with space for an exhibition of. Whether you want to get involved and dress up in your own period costume, or simply come along and soak up the atmosphere, War on the Line promises to be a truly unique and memorable experience - and a brilliant way to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. Share this on: 25th Apr 2019 The Watercress Line will transform itself into a bustling Second World War railway on 15th-16th June for its War on the Line event, which this year will also mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Explore the railway with two tickets for the price of one when you visit by train using South Western Railway! Living in Alton I have always seen the Watercress Line but never been on it, so I was quite looking forward to it.
Throughout the year there are special events including a Day Out With Thomas, War on the Line and Steam Galas as well as a variety of dining trains and our popular Real Ale Train. For some it was a hands-on experience! Get up close to magnificent engines in the loco yard and find out more about restoration projects in the viewing galleries, or let the kids run wild on the play area while you enjoy a picnic at the picturesque Ropley station. Some of the structures that can be seen on the Watercress Line today were not part of the original railway ; they have been added to make the line serviceable again and to recreate the feel of a fully operational steam railway. Only valid with 2 for 1 voucher, downloadable from or taken from the Days Out Guide leaflet' © South Western Railway 2019. The new system allows a more intensive train service, making use of the , and allows shunting within the station, operations which the previous manual flag signalling did not allow. To be honest I could say exactly the same about Alresford as I did Ropley, such a cute little village.
It survived the in 1963, but was eventually closed by in February 1973. The line became part of the in 1923 and then part of the in 1948. To provide engineering and maintenance facilities, the main locomotive shed and workshops were constructed at. The Foodie Travel Guide Sally is the founder and editor of The Foodie Travel Guide. This is where trains usually pass on standard running days, with the exception of Ropley once a day. Before the beautiful ladies above took to the stage, we had a lovely inspirational talk from Winston Churchill. Almost all of the locomotives and multiple units are fitted with it, apart from a couple of steam locomotives.
Welcome back my lovely people! Hop on and Off Families out for the day will find it easy to hop on and off along the route. Relax with a glass of wine in the 18th century walled garden, eat in the bistro and get expert guidance from the Sommelier. Poirot and Miss Marple fans will relish the chance to take part in the Murder Mystery service where you can interrogate the suspects whilst enjoying your meal onboard. Its valvegear will be cannabalised to repair its sister loco Tangmere. All feature a passing loop, allowing trains to pass one another, with all but Alton station having two platforms connected via a footbridge. If you'd like more information, please view our. Alton has one passenger platform two are assigned to , with a cross-platform connection to the town and to onwards services to.
On 12 June 1982, a replica of visited the Watercress Line, running successfully under its own power from Ropley to Alresford. Viewing platforms for visitors take in the locomotive and carriage workshops and the boiler workshop. Archived from on 24 February 2008. Honestly it was just a beautiful event from start to finish, so authentic and timely in every sense. Phase Two was expected to be completed in 2012. The station at was added in 1868. By using the site, you consent to the use of these cookies.
We took a tour around Ropley station first, which is where most of the action was happening. Adding to the event, a self-guided walk will take visitors to key points across Alresford which have links to the American troops who were stationed in the town in the run up to D-Day. Original, detailed version, now at the Internet Archive. The Watercress Line is the marketing name for Mid Hants Railway — a heritage railway in Hampshire running 10 miles from Alton to Alresford. The station at was already in existence.