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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 offending pipe was removed but the years had taken their toll and ...

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 from North Tawton (not Taunton) in Devon when the station there ...

17 Jan The shortest Fence in the World

17th Jan 2018

During the bulk of December and early January we seemed to be engaged primarily on maintenance and repairs, which in the main was not particularly news worthy but of crucial importance to keep the show on the road (tracks). Some time was ...

27th November Right Said Fred

27th Nov 2017

Those of a certain age will remember the Bernard Cribbins song ‘Right said Fred’ and it seems appropriate to a job we were requested to undertake. A new gas cooker was ordered for the kitchen in the West Country Buffet ...

Up and Down the Line 6th November

6th Nov 2017

Following the completion of the yard steps at Medstead, the team working on that have moved their attention back to the laying of the setts at Ropley station in the area outside the Education Room entrance. As we planned, this job will ...

Building Department Season change

26th Sep 2017

Well autumn looms yet again, leaves on the line and all that. The Building Department seamlessly moves on to other tasks season to season - well we think so, although the form of dress changes as the cooler weather makes itself felt. ...

30th August Footsteps to Medstead

30th Aug 2017

At last we have got to grips with the concreting of the new steps to the lower yard at Medstead. Of course this coincided with the period when the weather turned more unsettled and wet earlier, but at the time when the ...

S&T and BD become PWay

7th Aug 2017

7 August,  S&T and BD become PWay   The other Sunday there we were settling down to a regular day of workshop jobs, and some tasks that were on the days agenda at a couple of stations, when the ...

Buildings Catch Up

17th Jul 2017

The War on the Line event in June and the End of Steam Galas in July saw Building Department work mainly confined to the workshop. Cast iron signs were being re-painted ready for re-erection  at locations along the line. A tricky ...

7th June

7th Jun 2017

At Ropley we have finally installed the Sponsored by Heritage Lottery sign on the outside of the carriage/boiler shop shed that we received following the grant to build the structure, and replaced following the unfortunate fire -better late than never. We ...

Springing into Action

3rd Apr 2017

The Building Department fencing team have drawn swords and sprung into action  again with the onset of some better weather, and whilst the ground is still soft, in order to continue the fence line up to the exit door from the ...

Distemper outbreak at Alresford

14th Mar 2017

At Alresford we have recently put up the second replica Halls Distemper sign in memory of MHR stalwart  Jim Pitt. The firm were originally known as Sissons and the sign replicates one in Leatherhead Museum where Brian Dolton took some photographs ...

New lamps for old

14th Feb 2017

We now have had another couple of original railway lamps donated to the Railway, and thanks for those to the donors. We haven’t as yet got detailed plans for them but we hope to cosmetically restore them in between the ...

New version of Frozen

23rd Jan 2017

Whilst Disney is good and the recent film Frozen has been very popular with children we at the Railway we can also produce some  entertaining winter scene effects. The drips from the water  crane at Alresford,that occur due to ...

Piped aboard

28th Nov 2016

A non-running season job that has been planned for some time is the replacement of the water pipe feeding to the signal box at Ropley. An old galvanised pipe led from the station building to the box and was slowly degrading and ...

Building Department November Up-Date

7th Nov 2016

At Alton the contractors employed to re-paint the toilet block recently completed their work and the building once again looks very smart and a credit to the scene at Alton Station. With a good run of weather it was finished just in ...