Watercress Line

Watercress Line Summer Gala

The Watercress Line commemorates 50 years since the end of southern steam

The Watercress Line

To commemorate 50 years since the end of southern steam The Watercress Line will have two weekends with Bulleid Pacifics and a fantastic line up of locos, intensive timetable, freight train and real ale bar - don't miss out!

It is believed to be the first time since the end of southern steam that you can see EIGHT Bulleid Pacifics on a railway at one time.

Four guest engines already confirmed:
35006 - Merchant Navy Class - Peninsular and Orient Line
34053 - 'Sir Keith Park' - Battle of Britain Class
34081 - 92 Squadron - Battle of Britain Class
34052 - Lord Dowding - Battle of Britain Class

In addition to the above guest Bulleid locos we have four in restoration that will be on display:
34007 - Wadebridge
35005 - Canadian Pacific
34058 - Sir Frederick Pile
34105 - Swanage

It is hoped to recreate the Bournemouth Belle diverted over the Mid-Hants Line - one of the Channel Island's Tomato Special Freight train ran on the last day of steam pulled Lord Dowding.

Also running will be a permanent-way train which will include a steam crane and some flat wagons with track panels.

There will be a different permutation of trains on each Gala day - timetable to be announced in June

Watercress Line home fleet:
LMS Ivatt Class 2MT - 41312
Class 4MT - 76017

Event Details


Saturday 1 July 2017
Sunday 2 July 2017
Friday 7 July 2017
Saturday 8 July 2017
Sunday 9 July 2017


The Watercress Line.


Pay for 3 days and get 5 days with a multi-day pass!

Adult multi-day pass (all 5 days) £75
Child multi-day pass (all 5 days) £39
Adult day pass £25
Child day pass (aged 2-16 yrs) £13
Family day pass (2 Adults and 2 Children) £63

Advance tickets include all booking fees and tickets cost the same on the day.

Further information

Further information is available on the website www.watercressline.co.uk/product.php?xProd=89


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