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Monday, 29 February 2016

Romsey model show

Don't forget this weekend is the Romsey Model show! The signal box will be open for both days of the event (4/5th of March) so why not stroll down to the box from the show. We can provide tea and cake after your 'exhausting' journey and then give you talks/tours on site.

Hope to see you there!


Friday, 26 February 2016

Claim to Fame !!!

We were on Len Goodman’s Holiday of my lifetime today on BBC one!! Who saw us?? You can always catch it on BBC iPlayer. We’ll be open next weekend (4/th5th of March) so pop in and say hello!!

We’ll post a direct link to the program when it becomes available on Iplayer later today.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Renovation Success!!

For those of you who visited the Signal box 4 or 5 years ago, you may remember that we used to have a structure in the place where the Cowley Bridge building now stands. This was, at the time, our visitor center and it was an old 'meat waggon' that used to be used to transport meat (unsurprisingly) on the rail network. When it was no longer fit for use by us, the Watercress Line very kindly took it off our hands (and may have regretted doing this very quickly as it near fell apart in transit). However, a couple of years later and it has been superbly restored to working order and is now used in their demonstration freight trains (and it was out in their steam gala last weekend). Next time you pay a visit to the Mid Hants railway, keep a lookout for Container S 749.

It is believed to be one of the last (if not THE last) remaining containers of its kind so it is a unique piece of history with a sad background because we at the signal box did really look after it as we should have and we didn't have anything to put it on (we only had the container no wheels/wagon) so it was sat on the ground. I think we can all agree it looks much more at home on the rails. There will be a full article about this in the next edition of the signal.

P.s Don't forget we are open this Saturday, usual times

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

We're ready, are you??

Don't forget that Sunday is our second open day of the year! Yes, I say second, we now open on the third Saturday of the month as well as the first Sunday so we've already opened once in January. Romsey box will be open to let you have a go at being a signal man, the Buffer stops cafe will be open for cake and light refreshments, Cowley bridge will be operated in front of your very eyes and site talks/tours will be on offer. The site is also open for volunteers to come and carry out general restoration work if you should wish to help in a non public-facing role. If you're looking for something to do, as a volunteer or as a day trip, Romsey signal box is the place to go this Sunday

This open day  : Sunday 7th of February
Next open day : Saturday 20th of February