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.


So that’s settled then

3rd Apr 2019

3 April The landscaping of the platform area outside the Education Room at Ropley station has now been completed in respect of the laying of setts. A feature of several dividing ...

More power to your elbow

11th Mar 2019

4 March An important job that has been on the work schedule for quite a while is an up-grade to the electrical power system in the station building at Alresford. The ...

Winter works progress

15th Feb 2019

8 Feb The Christmas and early New Year period saw a few of us assisting the S&T Department with the installation of signalling equipment at Medstead, ready for the ...

Rounding off the year

3rd Jan 2019

1 Jan. At Alresford, following the installation of the new bench seat and some other items in the West Country Buffet it was decided to apply a new washable coat of ...

But no butts.

27th Nov 2018

The water butt plinth at Medstead station was completed and the mortar set for the return of the water butt ready to collect this winters rain. The butt was completely ...

Autumn odds and ends

9th Nov 2018

5 Nov At Medstead, now the dock has been cleared, fence painted and ‘crate’ installed around the old tank, this area is now fully ready for visitor access during ...

A Tale of Two Sheds

22nd Oct 2018

15 Oct It was the best of times it was the worst of…. no that’s a Tale of Two Cities, this is about two sheds. Reasonably good autumnal ...

Crate expectations

24th Sep 2018

13 September The ‘crate’ on the dock at Medstead station was completed just in time to host a private corporate event held on the Railway. The piece nicely ...

In the heat

15th Aug 2018

15 August Well the hot sunny weather seemed to go on and on. All very good for getting to outside jobs but a little limiting on productivity. Frequent cooling down breaks ...

A Pain In The Roof

16th Jul 2018

July The Peter Pretious memorial bench was finally completed at the workshop at Medstead and the remembrance plaque attached. The assembled unit was taken by a gang by train to ...

Clock Movement

2nd Jul 2018

The two faced platform clock, originally from Aldershot station, that we erected on the waiting shelter at Ropley has been a bit poorly recently. The slave drive from the main ...

Building Department have no stile

16th May 2018

With the able assistance of our friends in PWay we took to site the various components for the kissing gate for the upside of the foot crossing at Northside Lane. ...

No veneer in ‘ere

11th Apr 2018

The Days Out with Thomas event saw the Building Department teams undertaking tasks away from the main public areas over the 9 days but we normally plan jobs for ...

Jack Frost at Alton

16th Mar 2018

A urgent call was received to say the feed pipe to the water column at Alton station had split in the frosty weather, probably as it was not drained. The ...

A Bridge Not Too Far

16th Feb 2018

15 Feb   One of the Departments’ major schemes for this year is the re-boarding and re-painting of the footbridge at Ropley. This bridge was originally brought to the Railway ...

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