Photo of Watercress line steam railway - closed untill the end of May

Watercress line steam railway - closed untill the end of May

Experience the Golden Age of Steam Travel.

Ever wondered what it is like to travel across the Watercress Line? Take a quick journey across our railway from Alton to Alresford.




Thomas is here from 8th - 16th August 2020 (10am - 5pm)


Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends. Experience a ride on a real steam engine, shake hands with The Fat Controller. This year we are celebrating Thomas the Tank Engine's 75th Anniversary! All activities and rides are included in your ticket price.

There are plenty of activities to keep the family entertained for the whole day - ALL included in the ticket price:

  • Unlimited rides behind Thomas the Tank Engine at Ropley
  • Unlimited rides with Diesel and Toad at Alresford
  • Unlimited travel on the big steam trains that run up and down the line
  • 'Rusty & Dusty' entertaining children with magic and fun at Ropley
  • Unlimited rides on the miniature railway
  • Fat Controller signing certificates (given on arrival) at Ropley
  • Vintage fairground rides
  • A Passport To Adventures full of activities for children to do throughout the day with a sticker on completion
  • Story Time with Rusty & Dusty and the Fat Controller
  • 'Thomas & Friends' temporary tattoos
  • A Day Out With Thomas colouring-in certificate
  • Thomas themed activities with Thomas play-sets, colouring and DVD shows
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Adult: £20

Child (2-16yrs): £14

Child (under 2yrs): FREE

Family (2 adults and 2 children): £60


Ropley: We have FREE car parking in a large field next to Ropley station. Postcode SO24 0BL.
Alresford: Pay and Display, £1.50 for the day or free Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Alton: Pay and Display, £9.30 all day Mon-Fri, £3.50 all day Sat-Sun. 
There will be no parking available at Medstead & Four Marks Station.

Further Information:
Trains run between 10am to 4.45pm.
Thomas themed indoor area is open at Alresford and Ropley from 10.30am - 3.30pm, entry is strictly by travel ticket only.
Thomas the Tank Engine gives rides at Ropley station.

Try the beautiful Watercress Lodges, a self catered holiday retreat set in relaxing farmland surroundings overlooking our Ropley station (where Thomas will be) and the South Downs. Choose from Lodges, Glamping Safari Tents, Tipi Tents or pitch your own.


Alresford station

Running along the edge of the South Downs National Park in Hampshire, you can join the Watercress Line at New Alresford: located just 7 miles from the ancient city of Winchester. Alresford has a charming Georgian town centre with independent shops, a picturesque river walk with medieval Fulling Mill, and National Trust property Hinton Ampner is just a couple of miles away. 






Venue Details

Opening Times:

Monday 09:45 to 16:45
Tuesday 09:45 to 16:45
Wednesday 09:45 to 16:45
Thursday 09:45 to 16:45
Friday 09:45 to 16:45
Saturday 09:45 to 16:45
Sunday 09:45 to 16:45


Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line', Ropley, Hampshire, SO24 0BL




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