Watercress Line

Regional groups


The Community Centre, Amery Hill, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1HN 

On the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30pm.

Programme 2017:

JAN. 26th The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland - Half a Century of Mainline Steam in Ireland, Leslie MacAlister
FEB. 23rd AGM / Railway update, Richard Bentley, Mid Hants Railway Operations Manager
MAR. 23rd CP Project, Dr Becky Peacock and Dave Deane
APR. 27th LMS Electrics, David Brown
MAY 25th Planning a rail tour / Locomotive services engines, Matthew Hills
JUNE 22nd Sentinel and other geared locomotive, Nick Kelly

Further Information:
The meeting is normally in Room 3 on the first floor and we have an interval in the bar on the ground floor. Tea / Coffee are from a machine in the Community centre reception area.
Car Parking at Alton Community centre is free after 18:00 hrs.
There are plenty of places within walking distance of the Community centre that serve food, but some do not start service until 18:30.
Entrance Fee is £3.00

Contact information:
For further information telephone David Mould on 07711 824335, email david.j.mould@hotmail.co.uk

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West Croydon Baptist Church at Spurgeon's Bridge, Whitehorse Road, West Croydon CR0 2JH 

On the second Friday of the month at 7:30pm.


Programme 2017: 

Friday 10th February Transport in Manchester 1960’s onwards by Jim Collins

Friday 10th March The Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway by Nick Hill

Friday 7th April AGM and members slides.

Friday May 12th The Brighton Atlantic Project update by David Jones

Friday 9th June Travelling in the Victorian period by David Turner

Friday 14th July The Patriot Project update by John Barrowdale

August No Meeting.

Friday 8th September Crossrail, Reading Remodelling and GW Electrification by Rob Score.

Friday 13th October Project 27, the restoration of the “P” class on the Bluebell Railway by Clive Emsley.

Friday 10th November Woolwich Dockyard: The Standard Gauge lines by Ian Bull

Friday 8th December Christmas Meal at the Banana Leaf restaurant


Further Information
West Croydon railway, bus and Tramlink stations are only 5 minutes walk away and buses 50, 75, 157, 289, 450, 468 pass nearby.

The purpose of the Croydon Group is to support the Mid Hants Railway physically and financially, and to provide local members with monthly talks and information on developments on the the Railway. Every year, through our fundraising, we donate over £500 to specific projects on the Railway, to help to keep steam running between Alton and Alresford.

You can help the Group support the Railway by coming to our monthly meetings on the second Friday of each month, except August: non-Members are also welcome. For your £1.50 (2010) entrance fee we can offer the chance to:

  • be entertained by a varied programme of transport speakers;
  • chat to like minded enthusiasts;
  • bring a friend along as well;
  • publicise the Group by taking and displaying copies of our programme sheet;
  • publicise the Railway by taking bulk supplies of leaflets for display;
  • help distribute the quarterly Mid Hants News magazine to local members;
  • help us with the occasional publicity stand;
  • dispose of your loose change in our model Bulleid coach;
  • win a prize in our monthly raffle;
  • give your old aluminium cans to us to sell towards Group funds;
  • travel in our Bulleid coach No. 4211 on our annual trip on the line;
  • work on the vintage coaches and wagons owned by some members of the Group - see Preservation News for more details!

Contact Information
For general group information telephone secretary Chris Le Corney on 01843 843215
or for details of volunteer coach restoration, John Cook on 020 8699 6647

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The Railway Social Club, opposite Fratton Railway Station, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 5BL

On the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm.

Programme 2017:

January 17th David Read – A journey through Great Britain by steam and diesel.
February 21st Allan Inder - The Tallyllyn Railway 
March 21st   John Barrowdale – Preserved Railways.
April 18th      Geoff Burch – Further Ramblings of Railwaymen
May 16th     Mike Pym - Southern lines in Devon and Cornwall.

Contact Information:
For further information contact David Meyer,
46 St. Barbara Way,Anchorage Park, Hilsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO2 0UT
Telephone 02392 671251 or e-mail david.meyer2@tiscali.co.uk

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Southampton and Waterside

The British Rail Institute, Romsey Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9FE. 

On the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm.


Programme 2017: 

Wednesday 25th. January 
Regional Group AGM at 19.00hrs.  Followed by RCTS group AGM and then mem bers slides.

Wednesday 15th. February  
Three Rivers Partnership (Promoting rail travel in Hampshire)  - Mark Miller.

Wednesday 15th. March  
Organising a Historic Railway - Liam Kenchenton.

Wednesday 19th. April
Twyford Waterworks - Matthew Feldwick.

Wednesday 17th. May 
Gloucester to Gloucester via Bristol and the Somerset and Dorset Railway - Brian Armet (RCTS President).

Wednesday 21st. June 
Observation Evening at Eastleigh Station from 17.00hrs.

Wednesday 19th. July  
Observation Evening at Eastleigh Station from 17.00hrs.


Contact Information:
For more information contact David Mead  42 New Road, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7BS Tel. 02380 293186 e-mail dave.mead@btinternet.com

Meetings are held jointly with The Railway Correspondence & Travel Society whose Branch Secretary is E. Vaughan, 7 Blackdown Close, Dibden Purlieu, Southampton, SO45 5QS tel. 02380 849533.

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South West London

Surbiton Hill Methodist Church, 39 Ewell Rd., Surbiton KT6 6AF

On the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm for 7:30pm.

Programme 2017: 

7th February      London to Paris by Train by Michael Bunn
7th March           More of Matt Allen’s Photographs
4th April             AGM + Farewell Talk by Colin Chambers
2nd May             Southern Electrics by David Brown
6th June             Pakistan’s Railways by Ian Wright
4th July              A talk by John Barrowdale
1st August          No Meeting
5th September   (Provisional) A talk by Jim Collins (50 Years on the Southern?)
3rd October        (Provisional) A talk by Neil Kearns (Austrian Railways?)
7th November    Horton Light Railway by Stewart Crocker
5th December    Christmas Social

Further Information:
The entrance to the Church Hall is through the door to the left of the building. It is always locked and we will have an access key card to let people in. If no-one is on the door, please press the buzzer and someone will come.
Parking is in the spaces (about 20) down both sides of the church, but as there are three rooms in the Hall, we may be sharing the spaces. If they are all full, which we are told does not often happen, then there is free parking in the street outside. There is disabled parking in front of the church.
Buses 281 and 406 stop close to the Church Hall, and K2 stops nearby. The venue is about 500 yards walk from the south side of Surbiton station.
Admission is £2.00 per meeting at 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. until 10.00 p.m.

Contact Information:
For more information telephone Secretary Stuart Saunders on 020 8979 6484

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The Community Centre, Southwick St., Southwick (near Shoreham-by-Sea), West Sussex BN42 4FW

On the third Thursday of the month at 7:30pm.

Programme 2017:

19th Jan. AGM Members slides
16th Feb. OO gauge locomotive modelling by Charles Kasabi
16th Mar. The Indus express steam in Pakistan (carried over from Sep 2016 due to power cut), by John Barrowdale
20th Apr. BR in blue, the modern traction era by Peter Jones
18th May. Western Region Signals part II by Ian Fyvie
15th June. A narrow gauge retrospect by David Vaughan
21st Sep. The Frank Foote file part I by Mike King
19th Oct. BR Steam recalled by Terry Cole
16th Nov. The Gosport ferry story by Philip Simons
21st Dec. John Every’s Phoenix iron works – trams, railings and decorative iron work by John Blackwell


Contact Information
For further information contact Peter Winchester on 01903 762280, Mr M. E. Stroud on 01273 550818 or Nick Kelly on 01273 703489 or email villiers2stroke@live.co.uk.

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Thames Valley

(Upstairs room) Church House, Church Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8AX 

On the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30pm, except July, August and December when there are no meetings. 


26th Jan (Subject TBC) Dr Becky Peacock, Outreach and Interpretation Officer, CANPAC

23rd Feb AGM and Mid Hants Railway update

23rd Mar Newport docks to Ebbw Vale Paul Joyce

Further Information:
A newsletter, The Mogul, is published at each meeting providing news and information about the Railway and topics of local interest. 
Arrive at circa 7:30 pm for a prompt start at 7:45 pm. Meeting finishes at 10:00 pm.
There is a small car park at the rear of the building.
Access to the building is via a rear door from this car park.

Contact Information:
For more information telephone Rob Latham on 01628 623579, or e-mail paul.grey2@ntlworld.com

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Woking and Guildford

St. Nicolas Church Hall, High Street, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4AW 

On the first Wednesday of the month at 8:00pm - doors open 7.30

Programme 2017:

Jan 4th  The Bluebell Railway Past, Present and Future with Tony Drake curator of the Bluebell Railway museum.

Feb 1st  The Welshpool & Llanfair Railway with Simon Bowden, head of their loco department.

Mar 1st  AGM (brief Robin!) then Bob Cartwright an MHR driver talking about his railway life both MHR and elsewhere.

April 5th   Visions of Irish Railways. Jeremy Harrison talks about rail tours of Ireland between 1986 and 2001 by steam and diesel.
May 3rd  Railways at Night.  Stephen Bigley returns with an unusual presentation of railways at work at night.
June 7th   TBA
June 28th  Annual Evening Run on The Watercress Line. A round trip from Alton departing at 19.30. All welcome so bring along family, friends and work mates. Cost £5.00 each.
July 3rd  The Lost Lines of London.  Watercress Line volunteer and author Nigel Welbourn has written a number of books. Here he talks about the sites around London where the railway has now departed.
August 2nd  The Medway Queen.  Mark and Pam Bathurst of the Preservation Society tell us the history of this ship and the long battle to restore her which is currently ongoing at Gillingham Pier.


Further Information:
For a small admission fee, you will enjoy an entertaining evening with refreshments. You will be able to obtain the latest information about the railway and group outings and there will be books, magazines and other railway items for sale at very reas. All MHRPS members are most welcome - please bring your families and friends too, we will encourage them to join the Society! The hall is open from 7.30pm. Each year we make a significant donation to the Railway for a key project - this year we have supported the 75079 restoration project. Nearby parking costs £1.00. 

Contact Information:
If you would like to receive further information about the Watercress Line, or even become a working volunteer on the railway, and to bbok your place on the outside visits please contact our Secretary, Dave Pegg at 280A Worplesdon Road, Guildford, GU2 9XW (S.A.E. Please). Telephone (01483) 834062 or e-mail david.pegg@ntlworld.com

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