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:

26th Jan. The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland - Half a Century of Mainline Steam in Ireland. by Leslie MacAlister

23rd Feb. AGM / Railway update by Richard Bentley

22nd March. Andy Mellors speaking from South Western Railway

23rd Mar. CP Project by Dr Becky Peacock and Dave Deane

27th Apr. LMS Electrics by David Brown

25th May Planning a rail tour / Locomotive services engines by Matthew Hills

22nd June Sentinel and other geared locomotives by Nick Kelly

27th July No Meeting

24th Aug. David Charlesworth’s Tank engines by David Mould

28th Sep. The Great Cockcrow Miniature Railway by Mike Underwood

26th Oct. Pre 68 steam and preserved steam and diesel by David Reid

23rd Nov. Members' Photo Slides / digital / prints (20 minutes/presenter)

28th Dec. No Meeting

Further Information:
The meeting as of 23rd Feb., 2017 in in the members room (Lounge bar), on the ground floor and is wheel chair accessible. For the interval, the bar is open but, 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

Friday August 11th No Meeting.

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

Friday 13th October Tom Jedski showing slides from the Richard Biddick collection 

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

Friday 8th December Croydon Railbrains Team Quiz

Friday 15th 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:

17th Jan. A journey through Great Britain by steam and diesel by David Reid

21st Feb.The Tallyllyn Railway by Allan Inder

21st Mar. Preserved Railways by John Barrowdale

18th Apr. Further Ramblings of Railwaymen by Geoff Burch

16th May. Southern Lines in Devon and Cornwall by Mike Pym

20th June. AGM plus photos by Steve Hayward

18th July. Railway Quiz Night

15th Aug. No Meeting

19th Sep. Aspects of Preservation by Bruce Oliver

17th Oct. Railways of Austria by Neal Kearns

21st Nov. More Mixed traction by Martyn Davies

19th Dec. Members slides with mince pies

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: 

15th Feb. Three Rivers Partnership by Mark Miller

15th Mar. Organising a Special Event on the Mid-Hants Railway by Liam Kenchenton

19th Apr. Twyford Waterworks by Matthew Feldwick

17th May. Gloucester to Gloucester via Bristol and The Somerset and Dorset Railway by Brian Armet

21st June. Observation Evening at Eastleigh Station from 17:00hrs

19th July.           Observation Evening at Eastleigh Station from 17:00hrs

16th Aug. No Meeting

20th Sep. The Royal Train by Mark Foster

18th Oct. Railway Miscellany by Martin Davies

15th Nov. Rambling Railwayman Geoff Burch

20th Dec. Christmas film show

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   Woking’s Railway by Alan Norris
3rd October        Austrian Railways by Neil Kearns
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. 

December                  No meeting

25th January              Pompey PIctorial by Ken Mumford
22nd February            AGM and Update
22nd March                Austrian Railways by Neil Kearns

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   British Transport Films
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 2nd (Sunday) Trip to Fawley Hill and The Cholsley and Wallingford Railway

July 5th (Wednesday) 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.

September 6th  Visions of Irish Railways by Jeremy Harrison (postponed from April)

September 24th  (Sunday) Trip to Leighton Buzzard Light Railway and Bletchley park £40 coach/train/admission

October 4th   - Pendon Museum by Chris Webber

November 1st - Colourful Colorado by David Brace

December 13th (note Second Wednesday) - Christmas Party

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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