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Counter encounter

19th Nov 2020 in Buildings

November With the end of running trains after the half-term holiday week, the Building Department descended on the West Country Buffet at Alresford to install the new serving counter. The new counter units, screen and worktop had been taken to site earlier ...

Wagon Group Report 11th November

13th Nov 2020 in Wagon Group

Yes it's been 6 months or so since the last Wagon Group blog, and as some people seemed to be missing it on social media, and we are unable to work on wagons in the current November lockdown....it gives a bit ...

Screen Time

9th Nov 2020 in Can Pac Blogs, Carriage Works

Carriage workshop blog, November 2020   The carriage workshop is in production line mode at the moment, involved in a very different sort of screen time to that which has swept the nation over the last few years!   We are working flat ...

Winter Weather Hits

6th Nov 2020 in Buildings

October   Well the seasonal weather is affecting the work schedule of the Building Department a little more now, restricting progress on some of the outside jobs due to wind and rain but in between the worst we have managed to continue, ...

Autumn Gala 16th-18th October 2020

23rd Oct 2020 in

 We had a great time at the Autumn Gala last weekend, it was great to see the railway pulling together to put on an event again after such a long time and its been lovely to hear so much positive feedback ...

Welcome Back

23rd Oct 2020 in Can Pac Blogs, Carriage Works

Well, what can I say other than welcome back? Before we go any further, I’d like to thank on behalf of all of us, everybody who has stepped up to the plate during this crazy year, especially our heroes in ...

Under the Lamplight

16th Oct 2020 in Buildings

September    Just as an example of the many ‘bits and bobs’ we get involved in along the line was the replacement of a glass panel in one of the bridge lanterns at Ropley footbridge. One of the glass ...

Building Department All Sorts

10th Sep 2020 in Buildings

August  Having prepared the spiked railing panels and posts for the upside if the Northside Lane foot crossing we took all the items to site by Wickham Trolley to begin installation. We thought we would have a good number in the ...

Getting Back To Work

5th Aug 2020 in

1 August Well, where were we. Since the lockdown came in rather suddenly, things have been a little quiet on the building and maintenance front, but that’s not to say everything was on hold. Some preparatory work was carried on with ...

Wartime Memories

8th May 2020 in

Today, 8th May 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. We had planned a bank holiday event full of 1940s music, dancing, picnics and of course steam, instead we're marking the occassion online.  One of our lovely volutneers Pete Reynolds ...

Bulleid Carriage 1456

3rd Apr 2020 in Carriage Works

An exciting landmark in the life of the Watercress Line happened at the turn of March, when the first part of the Canadian Pacific Project was launched into traffic in the shape of Bulleid open third carriage, No. 1456.   Built in December 1947 ...

Ropley Loco Tuesday Gang - 10th March 2020

27th Mar 2020 in Ropley Tuesday Gang

The regular volunteer Tuesday Gang are a small (usually about six of us) group of fine chaps who get a thrill from hitting steam locomotives with sledgehammers when required in the course of maintaining the beasts. We are tasked with various maintenance ...

Wagon Group Report 16th March 2020

16th Mar 2020 in Wagon Group

An update on Wagon Group activities over the past few weeks... At Medstead BY S 653 has been out and about a bit, partly for a photo charter and partly down to Ropley for some vac cylinder work. It is now ...