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Buffed up Buffet

16th Dec 2020

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

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 ...

Winter Weather Hits

6th Nov 2020

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, ...

Under the Lamplight

16th Oct 2020

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

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 ...

Into another year

23rd Jan 2020

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 ...

Alton Station Updates

15th Jan 2020

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

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

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

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 ...

Alton Station Blog Update

21st Nov 2019

2019 has been a very different year for our railway and in particular for Alton Station, which for the majority of it has been completely disconnected from the rest of the MHR. The recent progress of the bridge works at Butts has at ...

Alton Station Update

16th Oct 2019

The weather is now rather against us when it comes to outdoor painting but there's plenty of other jobs that we can be getting on with. One of these is the clearance of vegetation and as you'll see in a ...

Blitz at Alton

18th Sep 2019

There were a few outstanding jobs that we had at Alton to finish off, and due to the current lack of through trains it was decided to get a team up there to complete them in one visit rather than split the ...

Alton Station Updated

11th Sep 2019

With the line between Alton and Medstead & Fourmarks Stations remaining closed, work at Alton Station has continued to focus upon much needed maintenance ahead of us again welcoming our passengers. Alton is a gateway to our railway and so it's ...

What larks!

28th Aug 2019

21  August On one of our last visits to the balloon water tank at Alton the water level indicator was installed and the tank capacity sign fixed near the access ladder. A float inside the tank attached to a cable will travel ...

Just a couple of things

18th Jul 2019

11 July A lot of bits and pieces of jobs have had to be done over the last few weeks, of no great import as regards news or photos but important none the less to maintaining the infrastructure of the Railway. So, onto ...