Watercress Line

Coronavirus / Covid-19 Update

Our priority during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak, and the railway's closure, is on meeting our running costs. We need around £75,000 per month. Without this income, within a relatively short period we will exhaust our reserves which are so important us for our long term plans.

Although these are difficult times for all of us, we are asking you to consider providing financial support to the railway. With your support, ideally through a monthly standing order, the railway can be in a safe and good position to move forward rapidly when circumstances allow.

The amount is up to you as everyone’s circumstances are different, but please give as generously as you can. One-off donations would also be welcomed.

Thank you.

Visit our donation page to make a monthly gift or donate a single amount.

You can also text WATERCRESS to 70085 to donate £10. Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message.

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.