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Autumn Gala 16th-18th October 2020

23rd Oct 2020 in

 We had a great time at the Autumn Gala last weekend, it was great to see the railway pulling together to put on an event again after such a long time and its been lovely to hear so much positive feedback ...

Welcome Back

23rd Oct 2020 in Can Pac Blogs, Carriage Works

Well, what can I say other than welcome back? Before we go any further, I’d like to thank on behalf of all of us, everybody who has stepped up to the plate during this crazy year, especially our heroes in ...

Under the Lamplight

16th Oct 2020 in Buildings

September    Just as an example of the many ‘bits and bobs’ we get involved in along the line was the replacement of a glass panel in one of the bridge lanterns at Ropley footbridge. One of the glass ...

Building Department All Sorts

10th Sep 2020 in Buildings

August  Having prepared the spiked railing panels and posts for the upside if the Northside Lane foot crossing we took all the items to site by Wickham Trolley to begin installation. We thought we would have a good number in the ...

Getting Back To Work

5th Aug 2020 in

1 August Well, where were we. Since the lockdown came in rather suddenly, things have been a little quiet on the building and maintenance front, but that’s not to say everything was on hold. Some preparatory work was carried on with ...

Wartime Memories

8th May 2020 in

Today, 8th May 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. We had planned a bank holiday event full of 1940s music, dancing, picnics and of course steam, instead we're marking the occassion online.  One of our lovely volutneers Pete Reynolds ...

Bulleid Carriage 1456

3rd Apr 2020 in Carriage Works

An exciting landmark in the life of the Watercress Line happened at the turn of March, when the first part of the Canadian Pacific Project was launched into traffic in the shape of Bulleid open third carriage, No. 1456.   Built in December 1947 ...

Ropley Loco Tuesday Gang - 10th March 2020

27th Mar 2020 in Ropley Tuesday Gang

The regular volunteer Tuesday Gang are a small (usually about six of us) group of fine chaps who get a thrill from hitting steam locomotives with sledgehammers when required in the course of maintaining the beasts. We are tasked with various maintenance ...

Wagon Group Report 16th March 2020

16th Mar 2020 in Wagon Group

An update on Wagon Group activities over the past few weeks... At Medstead BY S 653 has been out and about a bit, partly for a photo charter and partly down to Ropley for some vac cylinder work. It is now ...

Carriage workshop blog, March 2020

5th Mar 2020 in Can Pac Blogs, Carriage Works

What shall we do now…? Carriage workshop blog, March 2020 Well, there we have it. Passengers have travelled in Bulleid open third 1456 for the first time since the mid to late 1960s! I don’t know exactly when 1456 went out of ...

WAGON GROUP REPORT 16TH FEBRUARY 2020

20th Feb 2020 in Wagon Group

An update from the past few weeks on wagons... Well there's been a bit of publicity recently about the Flying Scotsman, but with the recent weather a lot of our attention has been with the Flying Sheets! We have quite a ...

Up and down

12th Feb 2020 in Can Pac Blogs, Carriage Works

Things have been a bit up and down in the carriage workshop this month, literally! We’ve known for some time that we have a bit of remedial work to do on the bogies of Bulleid open-third 1456 before it can enter ...

An exciting year ahead!

30th Jan 2020 in Can Pac Blogs, Carriage Works

An exciting year ahead! Carriage workshop blog, January 2020 First off, a very happy new year to you all! This year is shaping up to be a very exciting one here at the Watercress Line, with our impending reopening through to Alton, a ...