Watercress Line

Regional groups


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

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


Programme 2018:

25th Jan.             The Railway Inspectorates work. by Inspector Rowan Joachim


22nd Feb.           AGM / Railway update by Colin Chambers


22nd Mar.          Andy Mellors the MD of the South Western Railway


26th Apr.           "Preparing St Pancras for HS1". by Mervyn Dunwoody


24th May.           Railway Renaissance by Garth David


28th June.           Southern Sunset ‘67 by John H Bird


26th July.            No Meeting


23rd Aug.           History of French Railways by Michael Bunn.


27th Sept.          Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Ships by Martyn Davies

25th Oct.           TBC

22nd Nov.          TBC


Further Information:
The meeting are  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 2018:

12th Jan.                Canadian Pacific Project by Dr Becky Peacock PhD.

9th Feb.                The Rother Valley Railway by Trevor Streeter.

9th Mar.                The Crampton Locomotive Project by Richard Pease.

13th Apr.              AGM and Members slides

11th May.              Southern Memories by Jeremy Harrison.

8th June.               35006 P&O Group Chris Ardly

13th July.               TBA

10th Aug.              No Meeting

14th Sep.               Bluebell Railway Horsted Keynes Projects

12th Oct.              History of the French Railways by Michael Bunn

9th Nov.               "Project 27" the restoration of P class loco on the Bluebell Railway by Clive Emsley.

14th Dec.              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:

19th Dec. Members slides with mince pies

Programme 2018:

16th Jan             The Railway Environment by Steve Bigley

20th Feb.           Last days of Steam in Poland By Deryck Swetnam

20th Mar.           I owe, I owe its off to work I go By Ted Vaughan

17th Apr.           Goslings Gallivants 2017 by Paul Gosling

15th May.           Transport Pot Pourri by Ian Copplestone

19th June.          AGM

17th July.           Devon Belle, part 1 By Ken Mumford

21st Aug.           No Meeting

18th Sep.           TBA

16th Oct.           TBA

20th Nov.          TBA

18th 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: 

20th Dec. Christmas film show

Programme 2018:

17th Jan.            Subjects connected with the letter ‘S’ by Ted Vaughan

24th Jan.            AGM

21st Feb.            Shillingstone and S&D Project by Mandy Ross

21st Mar.           Talyllyn Railway by Eric Nicholson

18th Apr.           Network SouthEast by Chris Green.

16th May.           The Southern in Devon and Cornwall By Mike Pym

20th June.          Observation Evening at Eastleigh Station from 17:00hrs

18th July.           Observation Evening at Eastleigh Station from 17:00hrs

15th Aug.           No Meeting

19th Sep.          TBA


17th Oct.          TBA


21st Nov.          TBA


19th 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: 

5th December    Christmas Social

Programme 2018:

2nd Jan.             A Vintage Film Show


6th Feb.             Baie de Somme Steam Festivals by Michael Bunn


6th Mar.            More of Matt Allen’s Photographs


3rd Apr.            AGM + The Railway’s Canadian Pacific Project by Dr Becky Peacock


1st May.             Southern Electrics – Part 2 by David Brown


5th June.            50 Years on the Southern by Jim Collins


3rd July.             A talk by Ron Howes


7th Aug.             No Meeting


4th Sep.             Exploring my local railway – A look at the Railways around Ash and Aldershot by Alan Norris


2nd Oct.            A talk by Christian Wolmar


6th Nov.            Steam on the Southern 1965 to 1967 by Ian Wright


4th Dec.            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:

21st Dec. John Every’s Phoenix iron works – trams, railings and decorative iron work by John Blackwell

Programme 2018:

18th Jan.             AGM and Members Memories of 2017.


15th Feb.            The Joys of Transport in central Europe. by Nick Kelly.


15th Mar.           Railway Recollections. by Peter Winchester.


19th Apr.           William Galbraith consulting engineer for the LSWR by Keith Goodsell.


17th May.           Rails to Hastings J Blackwell.


21st June.           It’s not standard gauge by M Stroud


19th July.            No Meeting


16th Aug.           No Meeting 


20th Sep.            Fifty years of train watching at Weybridge by Mike King


18th Oct.            Southern electric and the development of commuter services by Ian Fyvie


15th Nov.           A surprise from your treasurer


20th Dec.           Christmas films by Keith Carter



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. 


25th Jan.            Pompey Pictorial by Ken Mumford

22nd Feb.           AGM and MHR Update

22nd Mar.          Austrian Railways by Neal Kearns

26th Apr.           Quiz and Joint Meeting with Reading Transport Group   

24th May.           Railway Photography by David Canning

28th June.          TBA Graham Bilbe

26th July.           No Meeting

23rd Aug.           No Meeting

27th Sep.           Members’ Photos, Slides, DVDs and Memories

25th Oct.           An Update on the CANPAC Restoration Dr Becky Peacock PhD

22nd Nov.          Railway Holidays by David Homer

27th Dec.          No Meeting

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:

December 13th (note Second Wednesday) - Christmas Party

Programme 2018:

3rd Jan.              London to Paris by Train. by Michael Bunn. Starts 19:30, 30 minutes earlier than normal.


7th Feb.             The End of the Line (S&D) by Mike Beale


7th Mar.            AGM + 75079 -  Restoration of our Std 4


4th Apr.             Britain on Film: Railways


2nd May.            The Great Cockrow Railway by Mike Underwood


6th June.            Lynton & Barnstaple Railway by Mike Pearce


Wednesday 20th June.          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 £X.00 each.


4th July.             Southern Lines in Devon & Cornwall by Michael Pym


1st Aug.            


5th Sep.            


3rd Oct.           


7th Nov.           


5th Dec.            Christmas Party, with Films and Quiz


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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