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.

The world’s favourite little blue engine chuffs into town this Easter

Meet the world’s favourite little blue tank engine at the Watercress Line this Easter, when the hugely popular Day Out with Thomas event returns to the heritage railway from 13th - 22nd April 2019, featuring an array of exciting activities for all the family. 

New this year, Thomas’ station sweeping duo Rusty and Dusty will help to bring the world of Thomas and his friends to life with storytelling and mischievous magic performances.

Visitors will also have the chance to meet Thomas and his friends, shake hands with The Fat Controller, and enjoy unlimited trips behind the famous engine as well as the Watercress Line’s home fleet and miniature railway. 

Plus, relive yesteryear and enjoy vintage fairground rides, such as Dobbies and chair-o-planes, at Ropley Station.

A second Day Out with Thomas event will take place at the Watercress Line from 3rd - 11th August 2019.