'The Watercress Line' Revisited (at last!!)

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'The Watercress Line' Revisited (at last!!)

Postby 34053 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:17 pm

It was in September 1979 when I last visited the 'Mid-Hants Railway'! This Railway runs for 10 miles between Alresford and Alton (where there is a Main Line Interchange Station) in Hampshire.
On 7th October I made a, long overdue, return visit. Some pics will follow but, in the meantime and as a 'taster', here is a video that I took. It is in three parts, but be sure to turn the volume up for the second part. This is part of the 3 miles of the steep 1 in 60 climb between the Stations of 'Alton' and 'Medstead and Four Marks' (the highest Station, at over 630 feet above sea level, in Southern England).The Fireman has to work continuously during this climb, as you will see when the exhaust turns darker briefly as each shovel-full of coal goes into the Firebox. Enjoy:



PW

Edit: Here are the Pics:

PW at the start of the journey from Alresford Station:
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'9F' 92212 ready for the outward journey (note the unflanged middle driving Wheelset):
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A view from the opposite Platform:
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Platform at Ropley Station:
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Platform at Medstead and Four Marks Station:
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Alton Station Terminus (the NR Interchange Platform is to the left):
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Sign at Alton Station (the Locomotive picture is Bulleid 'Pacific' 35005 'Canadian Pacific' which, coincidentally, is currently awaiting overhaul at MHR):
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92212 'simmering' at Alton, waiting for the Return jouney to Alresford:
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850 'Lord Nelson' entering Ropley Station (for Alresford) while 92212 waits to depart (for Alton) on the opposite platform:
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'Lord Nelson' at Ropley Station:
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The Platform at Ropley Station:
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For more information on 'The Watercress Line' and their Locomotives, please visit the MHR website :

http://www.watercressline.co.uk/Home

PW
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Re: 'The Watercress Line' Revisited (at last!!)

Postby Minty4371 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:22 pm

Thank you very much Ray :ymapplause: :ymapplause:.
Will look at the video shortly.
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Postby Blue_2 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:45 pm

Mmmm, 9F... \:D/
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Postby Aceyone » Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:48 pm

Excellent :ymapplause:
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Re: 'The Watercress Line' Revisited (at last!!)

Postby Dan4th » Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:15 pm

I have a question!

Does Mama Wedgy enjoy this as much as
you, Ray, or is it just the pleasure of
your company ;)

Thanks for all of it, too!

M-U-C-H more entertaining than TV :D

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Re: 'The Watercress Line' Revisited (at last!!)

Postby 34053 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:23 pm

Dan4th wrote:I have a question!

Does Mama Wedgy enjoy this as much as
you, Ray, or is it just the pleasure of
your company ;)

Thanks for all of it, too!

M-U-C-H more entertaining than TV :D

Danf.


Thank you Dan. I am extremely pleased to say that Mama Wedgy does actually enjoy these trips as well, except perhaps the 'dirty' bits (the Works areas, etc) and 'leaves me to it' in those cases!. So I can't complain.

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Postby Dan4th » Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:39 pm

Thank you Dan. I am extremely pleased to say that Mama Wedgy does actually enjoy these trips as well, except perhaps the 'dirty' bits (the Works areas, etc) and 'leaves me to it' in those cases!. So I can't complain.


AHA!!!!!!!!!!

SHOPPING!!!!!!!!!!!

Sounds fair to me ;)

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Postby 34053 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:59 pm

Exactly!! ;) :D

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Re: 'The Watercress Line' Revisited (at last!!)

Postby Dan4th » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:42 am

At least you don't have to GO
ALONG for the SHOPPING #:-S

Why do they all put us through
that ordeal, anyhow??????

You seem to be exempt, Ray!

Good On You!

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