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.

Watercress Line welcomes 7F 53808 to the railway!

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 old Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway. As such it is a perfect fit for our line, known to generations of railway enthusiasts as “The Alps” because of the steep gradients in both directions with a sharp summit at Medstead.

We look forward to 53808 joining the running fleet during August and operating alongside another locomotive 76017 that also ran on the S&D.

In welcoming the 7F to the line General Manager Simon Baggott said “ We are delighted that the Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust have chosen the Watercress Line as a base for their locomotive.  The 7F is such an iconic design and its hill climbing capabilities will be of great use.  The Watercress Line and the Somerset and Dorset not only shared steep gradients, but both were railways operated by the LSWR, and both were single track main line railways.  We hope to use the 7F to help tell the story of these rare, but important lines. Our gala planned for the 16th 17th and 18th of October will naturally now have an S&D theme."