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 Updates

Alton Water Tower

In the last blog we made reference to the next big job at Alton which is the refurbishment of the water tower.

Work has now started and as you'll see from the attached and very rare view of the inside of the tank, some of the preparation work is quite advanced.

The Building Department have been doing an excellent job and one which has also been very dirty. The tank does not have a lid, although it will do in the near future, and so they've had to remove weeds, sludge, scale and a large amount of rust, but that's now complete and the job of applying rust inhibitor and paint can now commence.

The outside of the tank, pipework and column received a lot of attention on Saturday with much of the loose paint and rust being removed in readiness for painting.

Alton Station Maintenance

The painting and maintenance continues very well around the station and since writing the last blog we've moved into the final painting stages of the eighth and last platform bench.

Top coat paint is now being applied to the shop and Station Master's office doors and as you'll see great progress has been made with the poster boards.

One of our more challenging and time consuming jobs will be the repainting of the railings, of which there's a lot, but again work has started on the ones between the Station Master's office and toilet block which are now rubbed down and have red oxide paint applied to the exposed areas.

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