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The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line

On the A31 to Alresford or Alton, Alton SO24 9JG, England
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Terrific Thomas the Tank Engine Themed Day

The Watercress Line is a fabulous steam train experience running between Alton and Alresford in... read more

Reviewed May 3, 2017
Top-Trumper68
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London, United Kingdom
Trip on a steam train

We finished our weekend in Hampshire with a trip on a steam train taking m us back to our... read more

Reviewed May 1, 2017
Mars46
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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The Mid Hants Railway, also known as the Watercress Line, operates steam and heritage diesel trains between the picturesque market towns of Alton and Alresford in Hampshire, south west of London. As well as standard travel this preserved railway runs popular special events throughout the year along with Countryman and Watercress Belle dining trains and the Real Ale Train.
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On the A31 to Alresford or Alton, Alton SO24 9JG, England
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Reviewed May 3, 2017

The Watercress Line is a fabulous steam train experience running between Alton and Alresford in Hampshire and "A Day Out With Thomas" is one of the many special events staged each year. Centred mainly around the Ropley station and engine yards, "A Day Out with...More

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Reviewed May 1, 2017

We finished our weekend in Hampshire with a trip on a steam train taking m us back to our childhood. Very nostalgic. The enthusiasm of the staff, their smart uniforms, the clean stations is from a, sadly bygone era. Whilst waiting for our train we...More

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Reviewed April 30, 2017 via mobile

Thank you to all the staff, volunteers & permanent, for their tireless work, friendly banter & genuine politeness. This wasn't our first visit but it's been a while since we were last there. This time we started at Alton. Parking was easy and on a...More

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Reviewed April 30, 2017 via mobile

Went with our young son and his friend to see Thomas. A great day out, with friendly and helpful staff. Would highly recommend!

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Reviewed April 29, 2017

First and foremost our sincere thanks to the staff and volunteers who were as expected polite, friendly and most helpful. We were platform visitors on this day having limited time available to us. They were running a Thomas themed day when we visited so the...More

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Reviewed April 29, 2017

Gilbert White was name-dropped in the film ' Becoming Jane', and why not? Our pioneerjng naturalist lived in a neighbouring village to Miss Austen, and their lives overlapped by eighteen years. Did they ever meet? Gilbert and Jane's were both churchmen, so there's a possibility...More

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Reviewed April 27, 2017 via mobile

Took the train mad 5 and 4 year old grandsons and we had a terrific day out. Even on a sunny Saturday the crowds did not mean long queues. Straight on to Thomas for a 15 min 1 km(?) little there and back trip, but...More

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Reviewed April 26, 2017 via mobile

I went along with my daughter in law and three of my grandchildren. Had a really lovely day out. All the staff were very kind helpful and friendly. Would definitely recommend to all. Great day out.

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Reviewed April 24, 2017

Visited the MHR for the last but one day of the Thomas and friends event. My grandson had seen videos of heritage engines but this was his first sight of the real thing. MHR has lots of helpful staff and is very accessible. Plenty of...More

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Reviewed April 24, 2017

Visited for Day Out with Thomas on Sat 22nd April and had an excellent day out. Some advice, park at Ropley, free parking in a nearby field, most of the activities are here. See Thomas, Diesel etc. and ride in toad the brake van. Food/drinks...More

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merka1983
December 29, 2017|
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Response from Watercress_Line | Property representative |
Yes dogs are very welcome on our trains and even travel free for standard travel and special events, excluding RAT/Dining trains and Santa Specials.
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