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The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line

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Address: On the A31 to Alresford or Alton, Alton SO24 9JG, England
Phone Number: +44 1962 733810

The Mid Hants Railway, also known as the Watercress Line, operates steam...

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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Real Ale Train

Went on my first RAT this weekend with group of friends and had a great time As popular as we expected but added to the trip which became louder as the night went on. Excellent... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Farnborough, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I booked tickets for my husband and myself to go on the Real Ale Train on 3rd December to celebrate his birthday. Unfortunately, we were unable to go as he had a heart attack and was in hospital. When I told them, they said they didn't give refunds but if I returned the tickets, they would try to resell them.... More 

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went on my first RAT this weekend with group of friends and had a great time As popular as we expected but added to the trip which became louder as the night went on. Excellent choice of ales and fantastic value at just £2 a pint Soaked up with a very tasty chicken curry and rice which hit the spot... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A big family outing with 2 year old, parents and grandparents on the Santa Special. Parking was at a premium but we started our outing with coffee and baps at the Alresford station buffet. The coffee was excellent as was the sausage bap at only £3! We boarded a beautifully decorated train which left dead on time. We had allocated... More 

1 Thank Ian M
London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked 14 tickets for my wife's birthday as she and several of our friends are real ale fans, and I included her parents to celebrate her Dad's 80th. To start the review with something positive, the beer was great and all those in our party who made use of their vouchers, spares from those of us who didn't partake,... More 

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Watercress_Line, Public Relations Manager at The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are sorry you didn’t get to sit altogether for the RAT experience – when tickets are issued there is a printed recommendation that any groups of more than 4 people are to arrive early to make sure you can sit together. For 2017 we are now offering premium compartments to be reserved at an... More 

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a really enjoyable experience, from the moment you step onto the platform. They have some fantastic locomotives,both their own and visiting locos, as well as some original rolling stock. The trip takes you through some beautiful countryside from New Alresford to Alton, both of which are worthy of a look round. All in all a very worthwhile day... More 

Thank Adrian H
Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

At first I thought the fee of £25.00 was a bit expensive but it was a gala day and there were loads of trains running. At the end of the day I surmised it really was worth every penny. Excellent location, very well run, super range of locos and rolling stock and excellent volunteers. As it was a gala event... More 

Thank penstomen
Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Arrived at Alton station for our day on the Watercress Line's Wizard Weekend. The train was in the station and immediately my two grandchildren were excited. Their excitement didn't diminish all day. We had rides on steam trains, a miniature train, saw creepy creatures, held birds of prey and lots of crafting activities. The stations are lovely, the steam locomotives... More 

Thank Susan B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I travelled to the Mid-Hants Railway on the 26/10/16 with my mother, a friend of my mother and a young friend. This was that young friend's first time seeing a real steam engine, let alone travelling on one. Both the LMS Black Five and LMS Ivatt tank engine were running that day and they contributed to a wonderful day. The... More 

Thank Luke B
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

My wife helped me celebrate a special birthday by arranging for me to have a driving and Firing experience on the footlplate of LMs Ivatt Class 2MT Loco No. 41312. So it was that I joined two other enthusiasts on the footplate at Alresford station where, after donning our blue boilersuits, a safety briefing and instruction we each took it... More 

Thank ChrisC46
Virginia Water, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Brilliant. 8 of us had a lovely, lovely day. Alton to New Alresford, massive delicious buffet lunch laid on at a reserved table in the Victorian Buffet, then back again. Everything I asked for was provided, including a "big" engine, the Black Five, with my requested 70 code on the buffers and "memory baskets" on the way back, to coax... More 

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