Alton station gets update as line continues to be shut

Alton work
Credit: Mid Hants Railway

With the line between Alton and Medstead & Fourmarks Stations being closed, work at Alton on the Mid Hants Railway has continued to focus upon much-needed maintenance ahead of the Watercress LIne welcoming passengers back to Alton.

The weekend of 7th and 8th September saw a working weekend at the station and many colleagues came together to help complete tasks.

The water tower is now complete, and the scaffolding has now been taken down. This renovation has been a collaboration between the Station Team and the Building Department.

The last of the poster boards have been stripped back and are being prepared for their new period posters. Running In Boards, which are the large station name boards which appear at the ends of platforms, have been refurbished. The platform edging has also been repainted too.

The Building Department have also made a great looking cupboard to keep the train watering hose in. Telephone and train dispatch equipment has been repainted, as has the station siding point lever and platform scales. The inside of Paper Mill Lane Bridge has also now been completed.

With no access to the normal facilities of weedkilling and flailing the station area has been resembling a jungle, with many weeds, grasses, and small saplings, some of which are already over a foot high.

The railway has been doing their bit in the station, cutting back in the Head Shunt, weeding the platform lines, by hand, and strimming sidings and embankments.

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