Watercress Line

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Step back in time at War on the Line

24th May 2018

On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, 40s aficionados and families alike can fully immerse themselves into life on the Home Front with a twist, with an American theme! There will be ...

Apprentice Engineer Vacancy

14th May 2018

We are currently recruiting an Apprentice to work in our Boilershop at Ropley. Applicants should have good grades in GCSE Maths, English and a science/technical subject and ideally have ...

The Watercress Line seeks volunteers

9th May 2018

There are lots of opportunities to join the very valued and friendly team of 450 volunteers at Hampshire’s much-loved Watercress Line steam railway, including its Heritage Lottery-funded locomotive restoration ...

Steam Hauled Real Ale Train 25th May

4th May 2018

We still have places available on the Real Ale Train on Friday 25th May which is now steam hauled. Enjoy a laid back and good humoured atmosphere on board a ...

The public name our Gin Train

3rd May 2018

Tonic the Tank EnGINe? The Gin Reaper? Ginny McGin Face? We gave the opportunity to our Facebook and Twitter followers to create the name for the headboard of the Gin ...

Announcement: New Patron

30th Apr 2018

The MHRPS is delighted to announce that the Right Honourable The Lord Montagu of Beaulieu has agreed to become a Patron of the Watercress Line. Lord Montagu visited us last ...

Standard 4 Tank engine no. 80150 appeal

30th Apr 2018

A big THANK YOU for your donations - we have achieved our appeal target of £4,000 for a new cab roof in just 10 weeks. We will now proceed ...

Local public name the gin train

27th Apr 2018

The local public recently took to social media to name Hampshire’s first gin train, coming to the Watercress Line on Saturday 5th May. The Watercress Line recently gave ...

Theft at Ropley Works

18th Apr 2018

It has been reported that last night (17th April) we have had loco boiler fittings stolen from Ropley Works. If anyone has any information leading to their recovery it will ...

King Alfred Buses return to Winchester 7th May

20th Mar 2018

The Winchester-based Friends of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB) has confirmed details of its Original King Alfred Running Day in and around the City on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018. Around ...

Buffet Staff Needed - Variety of hours

19th Mar 2018

Seasonal Staff We are seeking seasonal staff to work in our West Country Buffet in Alresford. Various hours are available, including weekends, up to full time.  Hours are 9am-5...

Alton Volunteer Accommodation

19th Mar 2018

The Trustees of the railway have decided to free up some siding space at Alton station. It has been decided that one of the accommodation coaches will be scrapped to ...

Hampshire’s first Gin Train sells out in 10 minutes

15th Mar 2018

Sponsored by Fever-Tree and in partnership with Winchester Distillery and Pulpo Negro, the Watercress Line is hosting a first-time unique experience on Saturday 5 May, where gin lovers can enjoy cocktails ...

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