Watercress Line

Due to the COVID-19 emergency the Watercress Line Mid Hants Railway is temporarily closed to the public. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our most important consideration. You will know that the Watercress Line relies on ticket revenue to cover its operational costs, which currently work out more than £75,000 a month. Without money coming in from running services, the railway is eating into its financial reserves to survive. If you can help, please click on the Virgin Money Giving link below which allows you to donate a single amount or pay monthly if you're able to. You can also text WATERCRESS to 70085 to donate £10, texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message. Thank you for continuing to support us during this unprecedented situation. We hope to be able to welcome you back to the Watercress Line soon.

Beer fans chuffed as Real Ale Train returns to the Watercress Line

Round up your friends and head to the Watercress Line for a cheerful pub experience with a unique twist on the heritage railway’s Real Ale Train, or RAT as it is more affectionately known, taking place on various dates throughout the rest of the year.

Enjoy a pint of Hampshire’s finest real ale from a restored bar carriage pulled by a steam locomotive. Continuing with tradition, each RAT will serve real ales from up to two local breweries from Hampshire and its surrounding counties, such as Bowmans, Longdog and Red Cat, for just £3 a pint.

Our  beloved Real Ale Train is back, giving friends and family the chance to hop aboard our steam-hauled RAT. If real ale isn’t your tipple of choice, the bar will also be selling wine, cider, spirits, mixers and soft drinks, while a selection of hot food will be available from our buffet.

Parties of up to eight people can pre-book a private compartment. While guests wishing to take away a memento of their night out will be able to purchase an exclusive RAT pint glass on the evening.

Due to engineering works at Butts Bridge, all RATs will depart from and return to Alresford Station. The Watercress Line has arranged courtesy buses from both Alton Station and Winchester Railway Station to help passengers get to and from Alresford. Times to be confirmed.

For more information or to book tickets, please click here. People booking tickets more than three days in advance will receive one FREE pint voucher.