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“Incredible Nostalgia”

The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Alton
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 7, 2014

As someone who actually remembers the last Diesel train departing on this line, and then also remembers the first rusty old steam engine being unloaded at the Alresford Station ahead of the introduction of the Mid-Hants Watercress Line Railway I can honestly say that a day's "escape" into nostalgia is worth every penny the company charges for a wholes day's worth of steam travel on this 10 mile stretch of restored railway.

Note: If a quiet day's worth of relaxation and nostalgia is YOUR thing, then please avoid the weekends and "Special Services" during the summer peaks. These inevitably attract young families with initially keen toddlers who rapidly loose interest no sooner than the train leaves the platform. You are then stuck with whining kids for the next 45 minutes.

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Reviewed January 6, 2014

Just a note to say a massive Thank You to everybody at the Watercress line yesterday (28/12/2014). My son was booked in for a Steam Footplate ride on the 1100 from Alresford (a delayed birthday treat from back in August). The helpfulness and attendance of all the people involved seemed to be infectious. The footplate ride was all that we expected.
However on completing this our plan was a couple of trips on the train to Alton & back, however I decided it would be nice to experience the Class 37 working on the banks and we switched trains at Medstead and hot tailed back to Alton. Whilst waiting at the window at Alton I was approached by Bob the driver of the 37 and asked if I would like a cab ride - I initially declined the generous offer and said that my son may prefer to do this and he said that we could both go - well talk about a perfect present. Bob & secondman made us welcome and at home in the cab for a trip down to Alresford. Having thanked both crew we alighted at Alresford to again be greeted by the very cheerful & helpful Station Master (Mistress) and we thanked her for a great day which she then topped by organising a visit to the Signal Box where once again we received the most warm of welcomes.
I could not possibly have planned a better (delayed) birthday treat for my son.
Whilst appreciating all of the potential "red tape" etc this common sense no nonsense attitude and helpfulness we feel should be applauded and recognised by both the railway and the general public in general. Thank you seems a very insignificant phrase for the great pleasure and probably lifelong memories that Andrew (my son) will have of this event.
Please pass on our heartfelt thanks to everybody who was involved. All of the staff are excellent ambassadors for the Railway.
We look forward to coming back to visit you next year for (as ever) another happy visit to the Railway.

1  Thank Mark L
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Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

The line is characterised by beautiful stations as if in a time warp from 60 years ago, with very friendly staff on hand. There is also a fantastic range of steam locomotives having to work hard to get up the 'Alps' as the line is known. Great fun.

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Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

Great time on the Santa Special just before Christmas. We took for children age between four and ten and they had a wonderful time. Would recommend it and will visit again in the summer.

Thank Matthew C
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

Lovely little railway line in a beautiful town of Alresford Hampshire.The Trains are of the steam era, with lovely carriages and the views are lovely on the trips to local stations nearby.

Thank peterNorfolkUk
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