Watercress Line

Due to the COVID-19 emergency the Watercress Line Mid Hants Railway is temporarily closed to the public. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our most important consideration. You will know that the Watercress Line relies on ticket revenue to cover its operational costs, which currently work out more than £75,000 a month. Without money coming in from running services, the railway is eating into its financial reserves to survive. If you can help, please click on the Virgin Money Giving link below which allows you to donate a single amount or pay monthly if you're able to. You can also text WATERCRESS to 70085 to donate £10, texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message. Thank you for continuing to support us during this unprecedented situation. We hope to be able to welcome you back to the Watercress Line soon.

Mid Hants Railway Preservation Society

Society Aims 
The aims of the Mid-Hants Railway Preservation Society (the Society) are to preserve, operate and exhibit for public benefit, educational and instructional purposes and to stimulate and encourage interest in, all kinds of railway transportation systems, vehicles and equipment; to foster and support railway preservation.

Its objectives are: to demonstrate the history and development of train travel by operating trains; to provide interpretative displays; to provide access to the Society's archival and photographic collections; to promote and support visits by educational groups to provide facilities for research to provide training in the operation of the railway and in the restoration and maintenance of its assets.
The beneficiaries fall into six main groups:

  • The general public
  • Schools
  • Colleges and formal educational establishments
  • Our volunteers
  • Rail enthusiasts
  • Historians

To ensure that the beneficiaries' needs are met, the Charity responds by:

  • Demonstrating the history and development of train travel by operating trains on the railway line between Alresford and Alton; providing interpretive displays the promotion of 'open days' when the public can see behind the scenes of the railway.
  • Providing improved access to the Society's archival and photographic collections through the use of a room within Ropley Station House for this purpose; supporting and promoting visits by educational groups.
  • Providing facilities for research through the provision of training in the operation of the railway and in the maintenance and restoration of its assets offering appropriate training in these aspects to our young volunteers.

Key elements are:

  • To follow our conservation policy, which is to maintain items in working order, wherever possible and carry out appropriate restoration.
  • To ensure that the artefacts are able to be seen and enjoyed is the best way to bring them alive to the beneficiaries.
  • To increase the size of, and enhance the skills of, the volunteer workforce in order to adequately support and develop the Mid Hants Railway.

This is achieved by undertaking its aims and activities:

  • To develop the audience that will benefit from the objectives of the Charity
  • To acquire and preserve rolling stock, infrastructure and exhibits, with particular reference to the former Southern Region of British Railways
  • To improve facilities for interpretation, preservation and education activites
  • To promote inclusive access, irrespective of race, gender, colour, marital status, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity.

Our 5 Year Strategy
The 5 Year Strategic Plan 2018 - 2022 can be viewed here.

MHRPS Trustees
Profiles of the Trustees can be viewed here.

MHRPS Annual Report and Accounts 2019
The full MHRPS Annual Report and Accounts for the year to 31 January 2019 can be viewed here.