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.

Beyond The Fringe

17 September - Signal Engineering Report.

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend and the week following, the Network Rail signal boxes at Farnham, Aldershot and Ash Vale were closed with control being transferred to a new panel in the Woking Area Signalling Centre. The next phase of the work that involves the Mid Hants is completion of the "fringe" work that will allow trains to be fully signalled to and from our line into Platform 2 at Alton.

Following the commissioning of the new panel at Woking, two temporary signs have been applied to our panel in Alton box, one of which shows the new numbering for the Network Rail colour light signal at the end of Platform 2, now ‘WK459’. Fringe work on our side of the gate has recently seen the installation of two new location cases that will house additional equipment such as relays and power supplies associated with the signalling changes. New multicore signalling cables have been laid and today saw the start of terminating and testing them. The site for the Network Rail interface location has been completed and just awaits the installation of their case. As reported earlier this year, new junction indicators have already been installed on our two signals on the approach to Alton box that will illuminate with 5 white lights when a "route" is set from the Mid Hants into Platform 2.

The ‘Thursday gang’ have also been busy in the Medstead workshop making up three new ground structures that are fitted with reconditioned pulley wheels for signal wires. During the ‘quiet season’ (November?), they will be installed at Alresford to allow the rerouting of the many signal wires along the platform wall to the ground and semaphore signals on the Ropley side of the station. Currently these signal wires run in the "six foot" under a boarded walkway adjacent to where locomotives stand before departing with Up trains. Consequently the signal wires and pulley wheels get immersed in sludge and are constantly causing problems. This is a big job and can only really be done when we are not operating trains.

Rod Wicks
Signal Engineering Dept.

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