Wessex Film and Sound Archive

Watercress Line

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1. Last day of Services on the Winchester to Alton Branch

Extract from an amateur cinefilm depicting the final day of British Rail services, on 4 February 1973.
Les White; 1973; Colour; silent

2. Re-opening of the Watercress Line

Footage of the first steam train to run on the re-opened line, on 30 April 1977.
Les White; 1977; Colour; silent

3. The Mid-Hants Railway

Summer 1981a short documentary depicting the steam-driven services on the restored line between Alresford and Ropley.
Paul Fabricious; 1981; Colour; sound

4. Over the Alps

A documentary following the progress of efforts to extend the restored Watercress Line to connect with main line services at Alton, narrated by Murray Walker.
Paul Fabricious; 1985; Colour; sound