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.

Alton Station Update

It's been a couple of weeks since we last updated upon the activities taking place at Alton Station and it's been a very busy few weeks at that.

We're now five months into the line closure and whilst we've achieved a lot, there is still much we'd like to complete ahead of reopening.

As reported in our first blog on 03 May a small group has started to meet at Alton each week to focus upon station maintenance and this will continue after we reopen.

We're looking for a few more volunteers to join this small but very merry group and so if you're interested, or know someone who is, then please contact Dave Josey at djosey@hotmail.co.uk.

Since we last blogged the main focus has been the Water Tower. The Building Department and Station Team have worked collaboratively to clean the tower, prime, undercoat and topcoat it and we're very pleased to say that it's just about complete and looking rather splendid in its new coat of grey paint as you'll see from the most recent Building Department update.

During June a lid, which is being fabricated at our Ropley Works, will be fitted and the remaining job which is the bend in the pipe that takes the water to the locomotive will be finished.

In addition to this big job, we've also...

Papermill Lane Bridge - cleaned down and undercoated the inside of the bridge. We'll also do the same to the iron work railing that you can see in the attached pictures.

Vegetation -we  continue to keep the lineside under control. This is made more challenging  because the railroad flail machine cannot get to Alton at the moment.

Lineside cabinets - there are a number of cabinets which sit on the platform and in sight of it. These have been cleaned and are now in undercoat.

Toilet Block - work has continued on stripping and painting the country end of the toilet block. This side gets full sunlight for most of the day and so suffers a bit form the continual heat.
Platform benches - all eight are now fully complete.

Platform railings - there's a lot of these and they're in need of a lot of attention, but great progress has been made in the direction of London over the last few weeks.

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