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.

Vacancy for a Carriage Restoration Technician - Now filled

Title: Carriage Restoration Technician

Type of Employment: 2 year Fixed Term Contract

Start Date: November 2015

Hours of Work: 40 hrs per week

Salary: circa £18,000 (depending on experience)

Based at: Carriage Shed – Ropley Works

Background:    CanPac – Engineering a Future from the Past is a project in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to strip down, repair and return to service an Oliver Bulleid designed steam engine by the name of Canadian Pacific and two carriages also designed by Bulleid.

Job Purpose:    The job holder will work under the direction of the Mid Hants Railway (MHR) Carriage Shop Manager to strip down, repair and overhaul two very rare wooden framed 1940’s carriages designed by Oliver Bulleid for the Southern Railway. Also to repair or replace any fabricated metal components of steam engine Canadian Pacific requiring attention.


Personality:    Self-driven, conscientious person with a positive outlook, having a clear focus on high quality and be sympathetic to the value and significance of heritage artefacts. A natural forward planner who can critically assess mechanical components, someone who is reliable and tolerant being able to work with the team and engage with volunteers and members of the public. Well presented as the team will be the representative of the Mid Hants Railway. Able to get on with others, be a team-player and fully safety aware.

Specific Job Skills:     The applicants will have served a recognised apprenticeship or formal learning period and be looking to improve and develop their skills and knowledge base. Alternatively the position may be of particular interest to a multi-skilled technician wishing to gain experience in a heritage environment. They will have experience of repairs to sheet metalwork by both cutting back and repairing and the manufacture of new parts perhaps gained in an automotive environment. Experience as a mechanical fitter able to demonstrate their capability to safely work under minimal supervision and qualified to use gas cutting and MIG welding equipment. Carpentry skills and plumbing skills would be highly beneficial to applicants as would be the willingness to learn re-upholstery techniques.

Literacy, Numeracy and Computer Skills:    Ideally applicants should be competent writers of technical reports and able to communicate technical information to readers at levels, able to use MS Office, particularly Excel and Word and be competent in the use of the Internet and Email.

Personal Gains:    The post holder will enjoy a period of working in a heritage environment on a flagship project working with highly skilled and respected engineers whilst advancing and developing their own skills and learning. The post holder will have a rare opportunity to learn skills from a highly experienced workforce in a unique environment.

Applications in writing, with CV to:    
Derek Simmonds canpac@watercressline.co.uk
Mid Hants Railway, Alresford Station, Alresford, Hants SO24 9JG

Closing Date for Applications: 6th November 2015

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