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.


Our railway needs you!

Volunteers are the backbone of the Mid Hants Railway - we currently have about 450 volunteers who do everything from driving the trains and maintaining the rolling stock, tracks and stations to providing customer facing retail and catering services.  
Some people volunteer for one day per month, whilst others volunteer for several days per week; some people fit their volunteering around their work commitments whilst others join us when they retire. 
Whether you have relevant skills or you would like to do something totally different, we will make you welcome.

So why should you join?

Watch this short film where some of our amazing volunteers tell you why they volunteer at our railway.

Find out more...

To find out more about some of the activities of our volunteers, watch our short films:

Click here to see testimonials from our volunteers

If you would like to hear more about the wide variety of volunteer roles that are available, please come along to a Volunteers Welcome day at Alresford station. Starting at 10am, you will be welcome with tea & coffee, shown a video and talked through the different voluntary roles, followed by lunch and then a look around some parts of the Watercress Line. You need to pre-book your attendance by contacting Dave Yaldren on 02380 906211.
The next Volunteers Welcome Day is TBC in light of the current Covid-19 situation.

If you have a specific role in mind, Contact us and we will forward your details to the relevant department recruiter.

New volunteer role for 16-24 year olds

Become a Young Explainer and be part of our tour guide team providing behind the scenes tours of our workshops at Ropley.
If you are interested in this role, please contact Kat Thomas on mhr.eventsmanager@btconnect.com

Read an article about a young volunteer's enjoyable time on the railway