What no steam!

After arriving at Alresford Station and paying for our tickets, we leisurely stepped on board the waiting train that was to be pulled by the growling class 37 diesel engine. We were at the Watercress Line Diesel Gala.The Watercress Line staff are very accommodating and helpful with my wheelchair, but not all of the coach sets have easy wheelchair access. Therefore for our first trip of the day we were sat amongst the barrels of beer that had been loaded for the day ahead in the Real Ale Train coach.On time, the guard blew his whistle and waved a green flag. The engine driver replied with a long hoot of the horn and we smoothly pulled away out into the Hampshire countryside.After going up the line to Alton and back a few times we then got off for our lunch back where we had started at Alresford where there is the cafe. Sitting outside we were able to watch the class 08 shunting engines giving brake van rides into the sidings.Then after lunch we went on the next train which had disabled access carriages so we were able to sit in the main part of the train and look out of the large windows while we went to Alton and back again.Before coming home we visited the model railway layout that was running. This was a vast circle of track with about four lines. Two operators in the middle operated a variety of model trains.More photos in the gallery. Just click the one here.
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