Watercress Line completes viewing galleries refurbishment

New boards at Ropley
Credit: Mid Hants Railway

The Watercress Line has announced that it is inviting visitors to visit its Main Viewing Gallery and Carriage Viewing Gallery following its refurbishment at Ropley station, Hampshire.

The Canadian Pacific project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and offers visitors a range of displays about the Watercress Line and its locomotives.

It also has new hands-on interactive tools which help visitors to learn about all kinds of aspects of railway life.  For example, find out which locomotive has travelled the equivalent of the moon and back – twice!

The investment in Ropley station’s engineering site totalled £46,000 to improve the visitor experience.

This has been completed as part of the Canadian Pacific project which focuses on the restoration of Merchant Navy class Canadian Pacific.

What did the officials say?

Dr Becky Peacock says:

“We hope that visitors enjoy the changes that we have made to the Main Viewing Gallery, Carriage Viewing Gallery and along our Restoration Route. We have worked hard to improve the visitor experience at Ropley, which is home to our engineering workshops. We are passionate about what we do here and we want visitors to be able to share in this passion. The new interpretation and hands-on interactives will get visitors engaged with everything about the railway. We could not have done this without the funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund or our great designer Abound Design and Interpretation.”

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