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Mid-Hants Railway – The Watercress Line

credit: Matt Allen
credit: Matt Allen
Tornado credit: Tony Storey
Tornado credit: Tony Storey
credit: Matt Allen
credit: Matt Allen

Preserved railway operating between Alton and Alresford for a journey of just over 10 miles.


  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access


The Railway Station Alresford Hampshire SO24 9JG

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Open days

Daily 9-18 Feb. Sat-Sun Mar-Apr. Also Daily 30 Mar-15 Apr. Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun & BHol May-Sep but Daily 26 May-3 Jun, 21 Jul-2 Sep, 19-28 Oct. Sat-Sun 6-14 Oct & 10 Nov-2 Dec. Daily 26 Dec-1 Jan 2019. Santas in Dec.


By Bus: 64, X64

By Rail: Alton / 20 yards

Let the train take the strain as you sit back, relax and watch mile after mile of beautiful Hampshire countryside pass you by at the Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’. The soothing sounds of the steam engine and the beat of the exhaust can be heard over the clickety clack of the train passing over the rails; there really is nothing quite like the sight, sound and smell of steam travel!

The railway looks spectacular through every season, from the delightful bluebells in spring, golden summer fields, the glorious colours of autumn and magical frosts in winter. From the pretty Georgian town of New Alresford with its bustling station through to the restful open spaces and famous topiary at Ropley, up the steep climb to the picturesque country station at Medstead & Four Marks, the highest station in the South of England, and then down into the busy market town of Alton – each station has a distinct character that is a delight to explore.

Mid-week this is especially popular for groups who can enjoy lunch or a cream tea on board the train; groups of 15 or more qualify for reduced fares.


Sat 13th - Mon 22nd Apr 2019: Day Out with Thomas

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends here at the Watercress Line. Experience a ride on a real steam engine, shake hands with The Fat Controller…

Railways / Thomas

Sat 15th - Sun 16th Jun 2019: War on the Line

Transport yourself back in time to the 1940s, against the backdrop of a Second World War railway, to experience the 'Blitz Spirit'. Enjoy unlimited…

Military / Railways

Sat 3rd - Sun 11th Aug 2019: Day Out with Thomas

You can travel all day behind large steam engines such as ‘Henry’.  ‘Daisy’ the diesel railcar will also be here; FREE activities,…

Railways / Thomas

Sat 26th - Sun 27th Oct 2019: Wizard Weekend

Board the Wizard Express. Visit website for more information and booking.

Halloween / Railways

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