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I Spy A Seacow

31st Mar 2021 in Can Pac Blogs

Carriage workshop blog, March 2021   I really didn’t expect to be waiting three months before writing another carriage workshop blog, so my apologies to any regular readers who were waiting with baited breath for the next dispatch from the east ...

Wagon Group Report 24th February

26th Feb 2021 in Wagon Group

Well it's been a few months since the last report in November, so despite the Covid restrictions on any working since mid December, it's perhaps time for another update...........   Down at Alton the BR Meat van B 870073 has had ...

Loco Project Updates

23rd Feb 2021 in

As the UK vaccination program rolls out across the country and we can all begin to look forward to the easing of restrictions, those of us working and volunteering on The Watercress Line can’t wait to welcome our visitors and ...

75079 Preservation - Cinderella did go to the Christmas Ball!

5th Jan 2021 in Urie Blogs

The Standard 4 75079 has always been rather a Cinderella despite being fully owned by the MHRPS and one of the potentially most useful locos for the Watercress Line.  Luckily, not just one, but two Princes Charming (Messrs Ellick and Drinkwater) realised that ...

Buffed up Buffet

16th Dec 2020 in Buildings

December The work on the buffet counter and redecoration has managed to be continued in stages and the final unveiling in situ of the counter has taken place, just in time for the Illuminations trains starting. The room has been greatly transformed ...

Counter encounter

19th Nov 2020 in Buildings

November With the end of running trains after the half-term holiday week, the Building Department descended on the West Country Buffet at Alresford to install the new serving counter. The new counter units, screen and worktop had been taken to site earlier ...

Wagon Group Report 11th November

13th Nov 2020 in Wagon Group

Yes it's been 6 months or so since the last Wagon Group blog, and as some people seemed to be missing it on social media, and we are unable to work on wagons in the current November lockdown....it gives a bit ...

Screen Time

9th Nov 2020 in Can Pac Blogs, Carriage Works

Carriage workshop blog, November 2020   The carriage workshop is in production line mode at the moment, involved in a very different sort of screen time to that which has swept the nation over the last few years!   We are working flat ...

Winter Weather Hits

6th Nov 2020 in Buildings

October   Well the seasonal weather is affecting the work schedule of the Building Department a little more now, restricting progress on some of the outside jobs due to wind and rain but in between the worst we have managed to continue, ...

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 ...