SU5832 : Pulling out of Alresford station

taken 7 years ago, near to New Alresford, Hampshire, Great Britain

Pulling out of Alresford station
Pulling out of Alresford station
The Alton, Alresford & Winchester Railway changed its name to the Mid-Hants Railway in early 1865 and opened in October of that year. There were scheduled through trains up until 1937 when the line from Waterloo as far as Alton was electrified. The Mid-Hants line beyond then became much more branch line in character. There was a steady decline in usage after Nationalisation in 1948, although the introduction of modern diesel multiple units in 1957 with a much-improved frequency of service gave an increase in business for a few years. However, the advent of the Beeching era in the 1960s started the closure rumours and the line between Alton and Winchester closed in February 1973.

The idea of preserving the line had started before closure and a preservation society had been formed. It was intended originally to save the whole line between Alton and Winchester but this was pared down to the present railway. The first train to Ropley ran on 30th April 1977, and the line from there to Medstead & Four Marks was reopened on 28th May 1983. Alton and connection with the national rail network was reached on 25th May 1985.

Alresford is now the administrative headquarters of the line. The signal box is original - the only one on the line that is. The footbridge came from Uckfield. West Country Class 'Wadebridge' pulls a packed train away from the platform. On the left is a cattle pen from the days when cattle were mainly moved around the country by train.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 13 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Sunday, 14 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Heritage Railway (from Tags)
Watercress Line 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 5889 3245 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:5.3010N 1:9.6327W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 5885 3246
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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