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.

Another Urie Success!

Thank you to everyone who attended the ULS open day last Saturday, it was great to see so many familiar faces and a good number of new ones as well; the sun certainly shone on us with a significant sum being raised towards 499. With the open day gone, we will now be starting the front end rebuild in earnest – centre casting is going to be trial fitted this coming weekend.

Back to the open day, we were delighted to unveil 2 significant acquisitions which show our intent to restore 499, as far as possible, to how she appeared when first out-shopped from Eastleigh in 1920. A legacy we received earlier this year galvanised our thoughts that it should be used towards a significant aspect of the project…what better use than the pattern for a stovepipe chimney? Pattern duly made, the world’s newest stovepipe chimney was cast only a week ago and proudly put on display last weekend for all to see. Later in the afternoon we were equally delighted to receive the pattern for a new safety valve cover which we hope to have cast later in the summer.

Thank you all for your continuing support, the riveting of 499 starts now!


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