Carriage milestone for The Watercress Line

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The Mid Hants Railway has announced that the latest carriage has been completed at the carriage workshop at Ropley.

MK1 CK 16083 has rolled out of Ropley’s Carriage Workshops after an overhaul lasting around a few years.

It arrived in a state of disrepair after not being in operation for around 10 years.

Major refurbishment has been completed, with repairs to the bogies, metal structure, windows, paintwork, leaking roof and the interiors of the carriage.

This carriage has three 3rd and four 1st class compartments, which is unusual for the carriage fleet at the Mid Hants Railway.

Work on the interiors included restoring the seating, rewiring work and new lino floors throughout.

The carriage made its first outing for the Watercress Line’s Santa Specials and the Christmas Leave wartime living history event earlier in December 2019.

Ian Harwood, a member of staff who was closely involved with the work on the carriage, said:

‘This will be a very special addition to the fleet here at the Watercress Line. It is down to all the volunteers and staff who have been working tirelessly and with huge skill that this has been made possible.’

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