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.

Ropley Phase 2 Signalling Commissioned

Signal Engineering Report - 5 July

Further to my news item a couple of weeks ago, I can now confirm that Phase 2 of the Ropley signalling scheme was successfully commissioned on Thursday 3rd July. The signal box was signed off by the Atkins test team at 18.10 hrs and officially handed over to the Mid Hants Railway as can be seen by the entry in the Train Register. Pat Butler (Signal Engineering Manager), Jim Russell (Signalling District Inspector) and Mark White (Ropley Station Master) were present to witness this momentous occasion.

The first movement using the new signalling scheme was a ‘light engine’ movement to Alresford on Friday morning, 4th July.
Phase 2 of the Ropley signalling scheme provides full bi-directional operation through both platforms and with the introduction of many new signals, will offer a more flexible regulation of trains especially during special events such as Day Out with Thomas and Steam Galas.

Rod Wicks

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