The train line at one point went from Winchester across country to the market town of Alton. Nowadays the trainline ends at Alresford. The trainline from Alresford to Winchester disappeared a number of years ago and is gradually being repurposed as time goes by.
This week end gone was one of their Steam gala events. People come far and wide to attend and wonder at the steam and the engines from a bygone era.
The children were able to watch the trains from the back bedroom window and inevitably my son as a young child became a train lover.
The steam line provided him with many years of voluntary work and gave him valuable experience as a teenager. He worked on the platforms, helped in the signal box, helped restore and even clean out the trains. Many a time he came home black with soot from head to toe!
The tearooms had that damp old fashioned smell which reminded me of Lake District holidays when I was a child - but thats another story!
The Watercress line have lots of events all year round- so if you are close by why don't you pop in and take a look!
P.s Apologies for the quality of the photos- I took them on my phone which I recently dropped- hence the poor quality.