Watercress Line Events

Explore the railway with 2 tickets for the price of one when you visit by train using South Western Railway! Travel by mainline railway to Alton station, walk over the bridge onto platform 3 and redeem your 2 for 1 offer at the Watercress Line ticket office.* 

Whatever the time of year, there is always so much to see and do at the Watercress Line! With 10 miles of track and four beautiful stations to visit by steam or diesel train in the rolling Hampshire countryside.

Fares give you all day unlimited travel, so you can explore all four of our stations, see behind the scenes in the engineering workshops and visit the nearby towns all on one ticket. Enjoy a delicious lunch, cream tea or slice of cake and a drink at our picturesque West Country Buffet at Alresford station. Get up close to our magnificent engines in the loco yard and find out more about our restoration projects in the viewing galleries, or let the kids run wild on the play area while you enjoy a picnic at our picturesque Ropley station. Find out more about the role of the Goods clerk at our Delivering the Goods exhibition at Medstead and Fourmarks, as well as experiencing the 1 in 60 climb up to the station also known as 'going over the Alps'.

At the Alton end of the line you can also join the railway by mainline train, just an hour from London Waterloo. This bustling market town has a delightful mix of historic buildings and modern shops, with its own Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery and links to Jane Austen’s House Museum in nearby Chawton.

Throughout the year there are special events including a Day Out With Thomas, War on the Line and Steam Galas as well as a variety of dining trains and our popular Real Ale Train.

*Terms and Conditions: Valid during standard travel days only (not valid during special events), cheapest ticket free. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or discount, including priv cards. Only valid with 2 for 1 voucher, downloadable from https://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/watercress-line or taken from the Days Out Guide leaflet'

'Day Out With Thomas, 4th-12th August

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends here at the Watercress Line. Experience a ride on a real steam engine, shake hands with The Fat Controller. All activities and rides are included in your ticket price. 

NEW! This year we will have vintage fairground rides at Ropley and a fantastic delicious new food offering.

There are plenty of activities to keep the family entertained for the whole day - ALL included in the ticket price! Enjoy unlimited rides behind Thomas and friends as well as the big steam trains which run up and down our 10 mile line. Rusty will be entertaining children with magic and fun at Ropley, listen to story time with Rusty and the Fat Controller and enjoy unlimited rides on our miniature railway plus much more!'