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Mid Hants Railway (Watercress Line) August 2016

A good review of the Mid Hants

Loco Yard

On the 22nd August, I visited the Mid Hants Railway, which was my first time visiting the line, despite the links the railway has to the website. Starting at Alresford Station, which has been beautifully restored, and is a fantastic gateway to the Watercress Line.DSC01752The two locomotives that were in operation were925 – SR Schools Class ‘Cheltenham’ and41312 – LMS Ivatt Class 2MT, with the former being the locomotive pulling the first train to Alton station. DSC01761The railway is a 10 mile (16km) line, linking Alresford to Alton, stopping at Ropley andMedstead and Four Marks.The section of line from Alresford to Alton that can be seen today was purchased from British Rail in November 1975. Reconstruction of the line subsequently progressed in stages. The section between Alresford and Ropley re-opened on 30 April 1977. To provide engineering and maintenance facilities, the main locomotive shed and workshops were constructed at…

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