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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 ...

Into another year

23rd Jan 2020 in Buildings

17 January We hope all readers had a happy Christmas and New Year holiday and best wishes for the coming year. Yes, into another year and we await in anticipation of running into Alton again over the new bridge at The Butts, and ...

WAGON GROUP REPORT 13TH JANUARY 2020

15th Jan 2020 in Wagon Group

Happy New Year to our reader/s... It's been a couple of months since the last report... well with our Christmas lunch, the Christmas and New Year breaks, weather etc, time seems to fly by... Anyway, an update on recent activities.&...

Alton Station Updates

15th Jan 2020 in Buildings

With just a few weeks to go before the start of the 2020 season attention at Alton has turned to getting the station ready to welcome our customers for the first time in over a year. There's much to do, not just ...

Just modest men

19th Dec 2019 in Buildings

Well into winter now, but that doesn’t stop us. Numerous jobs are underway both inside and outside to keep the chaps busy and to avoid any winter blues. It’s always useful to have a balance of internal and ...

Website Blog - Ropley Station

28th Nov 2019 in Buildings

Saturday 23 November saw the Ropley and Alton Station Team come together to decorate Ropley station ready for the festive season and with only one station to decorate this year, we managed to compete the task in very good time. On the same ...

Into Winter

21st Nov 2019 in Buildings

21 November A slight delay to Building Department Blogs recently due to IT issues, but hopefully normal publication intervals will now be resumed to keep our reader (if there is one) informed of what we get up to in between tea and ...