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Watercress Line

Tracking the Beat

The Watercress Line is so named because it was used to transport watercress to the markets in London. Before that it was a private line built to open up the predominantly agricultural region. It is now run by volunteers who enable it to function as a tourist attraction, thereby preserving it’s history.

There are four stations and each one is presented in a different time period from pre-war to the 1960’s. We began our journey at Alton which is also a mainline station to London Waterloo. Crossing the footbridge, we stepped back in time, hearing the sound of a steam engine running alongside the carriages to get to the front for it’s return journey.

The platform was packed with excited passengers, including a group of school children who were dressed in period costume as they re-enacted the evacuation of children during WWII, complete with cardboard name boards hanging round their…

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