Watercress Line

Coronavirus / Covid-19 Update

Our priority during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak, and the railway's closure, 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.

Mid Hants Railway appoints new General Manager to drive line forward

Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’, is delighted to announce that it has appointed a new General Manager to lead the team. 

With effect from today, long-term volunteer on the line, Simon Baggott, takes on the role.  Simon comes from a background in production engineering and marketing of engineering services at senior management and director level within medium sized and multinational companies. Simon has always had a love of railways and has over 30 years’ volunteering experience in heritage railways initially as a volunteer with the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway where he fulfilled a range of duties from Fireman to Signal Engineer.

Since 1998 Simon has been a volunteer on the Mid Hants Railway, initially assisting with loco overhauls before training for footplate duties. Simon has been a steam driver since 2007 and has previously undertaken the role of loco inspector, setting up mutual improvement classes for firemen and drivers, before serving as a Director for several years. 

After a spell away from Director duties, Simon rejoined the board and with a fellow volunteer has been covering aspects of the General Manager’s role as an interim measure, whilst the search for a permanent General Manager was underway.

Richard Lacey, Chairman of Mid Hants Railway said: “The MHR Board made the appointment after a competitive, lengthy and rigorous process that produced a strong field from which Simon was the stand-out candidate. The Board considers that the Line is fortunate to have someone of Simon’s experience and knowledge of its workings taking the helm at an important point in its history to help drive the business forward.”