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.

Watercress Line welcomes Thomas the Tank Engine this Easter for the 75th anniversary

Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ will be welcoming the world’s favourite little blue tank engine this Easter during its 75th anniversary year, as its hugely popular Day Out With Thomas event returns.

From 10th - 19th April 2020, Thomas and his friends will be at the heritage railway bringing with them a huge range of exciting activities for all the family to enjoy.

Following a successful debut in 2019, sweeping duo Rusty and Dusty return this year bringing the world of Thomas and his friends to life with storytelling and mischievous magic performances at Ropley.  The pair will also be joining the Fat Controller for Story Time.

Not only will visitors get unlimited trips behind Thomas at Ropley, but Thomas’ friends will be waiting for passengers at Alresford.  Watercress Line’s home fleet and miniature railway can also be enjoyed throughout the day.

Ropley Station will provide the coveted opportunity to shake hands with the Fat Controller and enjoy endless fun on the vintage fairground rides. Plus, younger Thomas fans can enjoy Thomas-themed activities such as Thomas playsets, colouring and DVD shows.

This is a landmark year for Thomas and we’re delighted he’s returning to the Watercress Line to celebrate with us.  The buzz is already starting and we can’t wait to welcome excited families to meet Thomas and his friends at what is always a huge event for us.

A second Day Out with Thomas event will take place at the Watercress Line from 8th - 16th August 2020. 

For more information and to book tickets, click here