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.


18 November 2014

Just two days after the final commissioning of the new "fringe” signalling at Alton, today saw the first train signalled across the boundary with Network Rail at 07.30 hrs with the clearing of Woking Area Signalling Centre controlled signal WK459 at the country end of Platform 2. 

Jim Russell, the MHR District Inspector, and yours truly were on duty at 07.00 hrs to signal this train onto the MHR from Network Rail. The train consisted of two West Coast Railways Class 47’s top ‘n tailing a Mark 1 coach that had travelled down from Southall en-route to Ropley. Just 2 hours later, the Class 47’s returned to Alton ready for their return journey but this time with the green Standard Class 5 locomotive, running ‘dead’, and Pullman Car 351 sandwiched between them. This movement was to see the final departure of 73096, for many years an old favourite on the MHR since its restoration at Ropley in 1993, both on the railways service trains and out on the main line where it gave sterling performances heading our Daylight Railtours in the late 1990’s.

At 09.20, Jim Russell cleared the Mid Hants Alton controlled signal AT55 ‘giving the road’ for the train to enter platform 2 on its way back to Southall.   

A truly memorable morning!       

Rod Wicks
MHR Signalman’s Foreman - Traffic Dept.  

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