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MHRPS Grand Draw Winners

13th Nov 2020

Below is the list of prize winners for the MHRPS 2020 Grand Draw, drawn on 31st October 2020. Some of our winners have asked to donate some or all of their winnings to help support us during a challenging year, a huge thank you ...

Watercress Line announces festive fun with Father Christmas

16th Oct 2020

The Watercress Line is adding to its festive events with the announcement of Father Christmas visiting the heritage line on selected dates in November and December.   Visitors will meet Father Christmas in his grotto at Ropley Station and enjoy a host ...

Watercress Line announces new Steam Illuminations event

29th Sep 2020

The Watercress Line is delighted to announce an exciting, new event this winter: Steam Illuminations. Steam Illuminations is a unique, world-first digital LED train which creates an incredible light show both on and in the steam train, consisting of thousands of fully ...

Happy Couple Engaged On The Watercress Line

15th Sep 2020

On Sunday, 6th September, a family group were enjoying a trip on the re-opened Watercress Line from Alton station, organised by their father John Eddleston who volunteers on the railway. Just a normal day out you might think, but on the journey ...

The National Lottery Heritage Fund Support

7th Sep 2020

The Watercress Line is absolutely delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £250,000 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund from their Heritage Emergency Fund, which aimed to help heritage organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19.   The ...

Watercress Line welcomes 7F 53808 to the railway!

26th Jul 2020

The Watercress Line is delighted to welcome 7F 53808 owned by the Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust on long term hire.  53808 is one of two surviving locomotives of a special class of engine built to cope with the steep gradients of the ...

Writing Competition

30th Jun 2020

Words on the Line Writing Competition. Sadly we have not been able to welcome all our lovely school visitors this term so instead we are running a special competition this month for all schools. Write about the railway and you could win ...

Raffle Tickets for 2020 Prize Draw

23rd Jun 2020

Grand Draw A team of volunteers regularly travel on our passenger services to sell raffle tickets for the annual Grand Draw.  These cost £1 for a book of four tickets and there are prizes of £1000, £350, £250, £100 and &...

Watercress Line activities for Home Schooling.

2nd Apr 2020

Watercress Line activities for Home Schooling. Visit our new Learning on the Line pages, for activity sheets and things to do at home whilst you are not able to visit us. A new Activity Sheet will be available every Tuesday.

Temporary closure and how you can help us continue our work

23rd Mar 2020

We are sorry to let you know that, due to UK Government advice on the Covid-19 emergency, the Watercress Line is temporarily closed to the public. The safety of our people and visitors is our first priority. Over the last forty years ...

Another major milestone for the Watercress Line!

19th Mar 2020

The latest carriage to be completed in the Watercress Line’s Carriage workshop at Ropley Station, has been revealed as the MK1 CK 16083 and huge congratulations go to the volunteers and staff who have made this possible through all their hard ...