Watercress Line

Saturday 13th October 2018

A report by Corina Silk with photographs courtesy of Adrian North, Neil Cole and Corina.

A dull day greeted the gang of 8. After tea and a chat they divided for work.

Keith H and Brian Hi walked up the line to Alton, while Martin B, Chris and Adrian N went down the line to Alresford on the line inspections, unfortunately not managing to avoid a heavy downpour of rain. A well-earned breakfast, was had by all at both ends of the line.

Adrian, Corina and John went down the line to Alresford to oil the pointwork after trying to find, without success, the components of the signal frame from the Great Missenden Signal Box, which they understood had been placed in store in the lower yard. Hopefully it is somewhere at Ropley.

Once everyone had returned to base to get dry and warm, Neil joined Martin B and Chris to replace a fishplate just outside Ropley. Adrian C, Adrian N, Brian Hi and Corina went up to the site of Butts Junction. As the bridge replacement works are due to start in the next few months, they extracted the lineside furniture in the vicinity (bridge numbers, mile post 50 ¼ and a gradient post), and moved them to a safe place outside of the work area.

They then continued with the task of taking down and stacking bricks from the remains of the Butts Junction Signal Box. These will be used in the construction of a new base for the top section of Great Missenden Signal Box, which will be located within the picnic site at Ropley. Once completed, it will be an educational box to allow our visitors to experience first-hand the workings of a signal box

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