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Watercress Line looks forward to 2022 events lineup

The Watercress line has said it is getting back on track with a  series of events for families and heritage fans.

The events are planned throughout 2022, from when the railway reopens on 19 March.

They include a range of events: from Days Out With Thomas, now featuring Sir Topham Hatt, and three new entertainment shows, to nostalgia days – such as War on the Line, a 50s and 60s’ weekend and a vintage vehicles event, displaying locomotives, cars, motorbikes and tractors.


Rail enthusiasts will be able to attend Spring and Autumn Steam Gala days and a summer Diesel Gala showcasing visiting and home fleet freight and passenger trains.

The Watercress Line’s year will also see the return of the spooky Wizard Week in October – and the railway promises there will be more news on the festive season later this year.

The events calendar features: Spring Steam Gala, 29 April to 2 May; Vintage Vehicles, 20 to 22 May; Day Out With Thomas, 28 May to 5 June; War on the Line 18 and 19 June; Diesel Gala, 15 to 17 July; Day Out With Thomas, 6 to 14 August; 50s and 60s’ Weekend, 27 to 29 August; Open Weekend, 10 and 11 September; Autumn Steam Gala, 7 to 9 October; Wizard Week, 24 to 30 October.

The railway is also open on various dates throughout the year for trips on its preserved steam locomotives from Alresford to Alton, via Ropley, Medstead and Four Marks heritage stations. Staff are always happy to chat about the railway and the work that takes place to keep it running smoothly – and visitors are welcome to take a peek at the footplate while chatting to the crews.

In addition, Watercress Line visit highlights include:

  • The King’s Cross footbridge featured in the Harry Potter film, now at Ropley
  • Young Engineers’ Trail at Ropley
  • Restoration work on show in the engineer sheds
  • New museum at Alresford
  • Rides on the delightful miniature railway
  • Childrens’ playground designed as a bespoke locomotive
  • Gift shop, picnic sites and tasty treats available from the West Country Buffet at Alresford and other refreshment kiosks along the line
  • Children’s birthday parties can be organised at the Watercress Line.

The Watercress Line’s Acting Managing Director Alison Houghton said: “All the staff are looking forward to the reopening of our much-loved railway on 19 March and welcoming everybody back on board.

“We have an exciting year ahead, with a wide range of special events planned for families with children, heritage steam railway enthusiasts and anybody who wants a great day out filled with fun and happy memories.

“Join us for a trip back in time to the railway’s golden eras, view our steam locomotives up close and take a ride on board through the glorious Hampshire countryside.

“There’s plenty to enjoy, so don’t miss out – visit our website and book your tickets in advance for any special events.”

Find out more and book tickets here.

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