Mid Hants Railway Preservation Society

Coronavirus / Covid-19 Update

Our priority during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak 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.

Regional groups


The Community Centre, Amery Hill, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1HN 

On the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30pm.


March 26th - Bluebell carriage restoration by Richard Salmon - Postponed to 25th March 2021

April 23rd - Cross Rail, by Cristian Wolmar - Postponed to 22nd April 2021

May 28th - Mail Rail by Chris Taft - Postponed to 27th May 2021

June 25th - The Railways of Kingston by John King - Postponed to 24th June 2021

July 23rd - Apollo Mission - Landing a Man on the Moon by Richie Piper - Postponed to 22nd July 2021

August - NO Meeting

September 24th - Alan Nichols "Bank Manager to train Driver"

October 22nd - TBC

November 26th - Members slides and videos

December 10th - Provisional date for 2020 Christmas meal at the Queens Head

Further Information:
The meeting are  in the members room (Lounge bar), on the ground floor and is wheel chair accessible. For the interval, the bar is open but, Tea / Coffee are from a machine in the Community Centre reception area
Car Parking at Alton Community centre is free after 18:00 hrs.
There are plenty of places within walking distance of the Community centre that serve food, but some do not start service until 18:30.
Entrance Fee is £3.00

Contact information:
For further information telephone David Mould on 07711 824335, email david.j.mould@hotmail.co.uk

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NEW VENUE - St Mary Magdalene with St Martin Church, Canning Road, Croydon, CRO 6QD


First Monday of each month starting at 1930 hours, except May and August.


Monday 6th January: The Trans Siberian Railway by Christian Wolmar

Monday 3rd February: Beachy Head update by Steve Pilcher

Monday 2nd March: P2 Update by Mark Allott

Monday 6th April: AGM and members slides.

Monday 4th May: The Urie Locomotive Society by Mark Pedley

Monday 1st June: The Clan Project by……..

Monday 6th July: The Southwold Railway by……………

August No Meeting.

Monday 7th September: The Kent and East Sussex Railway by Doug Lindsay

Monday 5th October: The History of Railways in Paris by Michael Bunn

Monday 2nd November:  Lady Lisa at the Lavender Line by Chris Heeley

Monday 7th December:  Christmas Meal



The purpose of the Croydon Group is to support the Mid Hants Railway physically and financially, and to provide local members with monthly talks and information on developments on the the Railway. Every year, through our fundraising, we donate over £500 to specific projects on the Railway, to help to keep steam running between Alton and Alresford.

The venue in Canning Road is a short walk away from Croydon Tramlink tram stop at Lebanon Road and buses 119, 194, 198, 289, 312, 367, and 466. East Croydon station is around 10 minutes walk away.

You can help the Group support the Railway by coming to our monthly meetings (non-Members are also welcome). For your £1.50 (2010) entrance fee we can offer the chance to:

  • be entertained by a varied programme of transport speakers;
  • chat to like minded enthusiasts;
  • bring a friend along as well;
  • publicise the Group by taking and displaying copies of our programme sheet;
  • publicise the Railway by taking bulk supplies of leaflets for display;
  • help distribute the quarterly Mid Hants News magazine to local members;
  • help us with the occasional publicity stand;
  • dispose of your loose change in our model Bulleid coach;
  • win a prize in our monthly raffle;
  • give your old aluminium cans to us to sell towards Group funds;
  • travel in our Bulleid coach No. 4211 on our annual trip on the line;
  • work on the vintage coaches and wagons owned by some members of the Group - see Preservation News for more details!

Contact Information
Contact Chris Le Corney 01843 843215 for any further information.

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The Railway Social Club, opposite Fratton Railway Station, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 5BL

On the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm. Admission is by a donation of £2.00.Group funds are used to support the Watercress Line.

Programme 2020:

21 January   Paul Gosling – Goslings Gallivants 2019
18 February  Ian Wright – Steam around Europe
17 March      Keith Brown – Historic Photographs from the MHRPS Archives 
21 April        Mike Pym - Waterloo to Weymouth, London’s Last Steam Main Line
19 May         Mike Pearce – Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
16 June        AGM To be followed by a presentation
There will not be any meetings in July or August, the next meeting will be on 15 September, details to follow.

Contact Information:
For further information contact David Meyer (programme secretary), on 02392 671251.

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Southampton and Waterside

The British Rail Institute, Romsey Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9FE. 

On the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm.

Programme 2019: 

Wednesday 18th. September 2019 - South Western Railway Update by Phil Dominey.

Wednesday 16th. October 2019 - St. Pancras Re-Modelling by Mervyn Dunwoody.

Wednesday 20th. November 2019- Mid-Hants and Heritage Railway Galas - Tony Storey.

Wednesday 18th. December 2019- Railways on Film - by David Doulton.

Wednesday 15th. January 2020 - Southampton Trams by Martin Petch.

Wednesday 19th. February 2020 - CanPac Project by Becky Peacock.

Wednesday 18th. March 2020 - Railway Allsorts by Ken Mumford.

Wednesday 15th. April 2020 - Indian Hill Railways by David Peel.

Contact Information:
For more information contact David Mead  42 New Road, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7BS Tel. 02380 293186 e-mail dave.mead@btinternet.com

Meetings are held jointly with The Railway Correspondence & Travel Society whose Branch Secretary is E. Vaughan, 7 Blackdown Close, Dibden Purlieu, Southampton, SO45 5QS tel. 02380 849533.

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South West London

Surbiton Hill Methodist Church, 39 Ewell Rd., Surbiton KT6 6AF

On the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm for 7:30pm.

Programme 2020:

In the light of the latest Government advice about coronavirus, the committee of the South West London Regional Group has decided that it is in the best interests of our members to cancel the next two meetings, on Tuesday, 7th April or Tuesday, 5th May. We will be monitoring the situation and, if necessary, will cancel the June and July meetings, too. All of the meetings can be rearranged at some future dates.

We are sorry to have to do this and hope that you will all keep safe during this extremely difficult time.

Brian Dolton

• 7th Apr    AGM + a speaker from the Railway CANCELLED
• 5th May   Classic Southern Electric in Colour by David Brown CANCELLED
• 2nd Jun   A talk by South Western Circle CANCELLED
• 7th Jul     A Tour de France by Train - part 2 by Michael Bunn CANCELLED
• 4th Aug   No Meeting
• 1st Sep   The Railways of Sweden by Alan Norris
• 6th Oct   Crossrail by Christian Wolmar
• 3rd Nov  A talk by Ken Mumford
• 1st Dec  Christmas Social

Further Information:
The entrance to the Church Hall is through the door to the left of the building. It is always locked and we will have an access key card to let people in. If no-one is on the door, please press the buzzer and someone will come.
Parking is in the spaces (about 20) down both sides of the church, but as there are three rooms in the Hall, we may be sharing the spaces. If they are all full, which we are told does not often happen, then there is free parking in the street outside. There is disabled parking in front of the church.
Buses 281 and 406 stop close to the Church Hall, and K2 stops nearby. The venue is about 500 yards walk from the south side of Surbiton station.
Admission is £2.00 per meeting at 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. until 10.00 p.m.

Contact Information:
For more information telephone Secretary Stuart Saunders on 020 8979 6484

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The Community Centre, Southwick St., Southwick (near Shoreham-by-Sea), West Sussex BN42 4FW

On the third Thursday of the month at 7:30pm.

Programme 2018:

20th Dec.           Christmas films by Keith Carter

Programme 2019: TBC


Contact Information
For further information contact Peter Winchester on 01903 762280, Mr M. E. Stroud on 01273 550818 or Nick Kelly on 01273 703489 or email villiers2stroke@live.co.uk.

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Thames Valley

(Upstairs room) Church House, Church Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8AX 

There is a small car park at the rear of the building. Access to the building is via a rear door from this car park. The Waitrose car park farther down the road may also be used.

On the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30pm (unless stated otherwise), except July, August and December when there are no meetings. 

Arrive at circa 7:30 pm for a prompt start at 7:45 pm. Meeting finishes promptly at 10:00 pm.

Refreshments are provided at the mid-meeting interval.


March 26th                Welsh and Scottish Railway Holidays                                    David Homer
April 23rd                  Quiz and Joint Meeting with Reading Transport Group
May 28th                    More Railway Signalling & Memories                                    David Canning
June 25th                   Suburban Railway-Basingstoke to Southampton                  Paul Joyce
July                            No meeting
August                       No meeting
September 24th        Members’ Photos, DVDs and Memories
October 22nd            An Update on the CANPAC Restoration                                Dr Becky Peacock
November 26th         Trams and Trolley Buses                                                        Graham Bilbe
December                  No meeting

Further Information:

A newsletter, The Mogul, is published at each meeting providing news and information about the Railway and topics of local interest. 

Contact Information:
For more information telephone Rob Latham (Chairman) on 01628 633914 (note updated number) or David Homer (Meetings Secretary) 01628 671406.

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Woking and Guildford

St. Nicolas Church Hall, High Street, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4AW 

The third Monday of each month at 8:00pm - doors open 7.30pm

Programme 2020:

Mon Mar 16  AGM plus Stephen Evans (MHRPS Chairman).

Mon Apr 20 after Brian Araman please add (RCTS President)

Mon May 18  A Talk on Terence Cuneo - Railway Artist

Mon Jun 15 Railways & Royalty with photographer Jack Boskett

Wed Jun 24 (prov)  Evening Run on the Line. 19.30 from Alresford. All welcome. £5.00 fare. Run past at Ropley.

Sun Jul 5  Outing Bredgar & Wormshill plus Sittingbourne & Kemsley Railways.

Mon Jul 20  Geoff Burch & David Rose(Guildford historian)  Guildford and its Railway History.

Mon Aug 17  Members slide and digital evening.

Mon Sep 21  Talk on SS Great Britain.

Sun Sep 27  Bluebell Railway - Giants of Steam. 

Further Information:
For a small admission fee, you will enjoy an entertaining evening with refreshments. You will be able to obtain the latest information about the railway and group outings and there will be books, magazines and other railway items for sale at very reasonable prices. All MHRPS members are most welcome - please bring your families and friends too, we will encourage them to join the Society! The hall is open from 7.30pm. Each year we make a significant donation to the Railway for a key project - this year we have supported the 75079 restoration project. Nearby parking costs £1.00. 

Contact Information:

If you would like to receive further information about the Watercress Line, the Woking & Guildford Group or even become a working volunteer on the railway, please contact our Chairman David Pegg Telephone Home Phone 01483 834062, Mobile: 07969 369 426 or e-mail david.pegg@ntlworld.com

Or Alan Jordan Home phone: 01243 265233, Mobile: 07903353011,

email address: family.jordan@talk21.com

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