“ Operating preserved heritage steam engines between Alresford and Alton, Hampshire England. „
I must admit to spending many happy hours both working as a volunteer down at the MHR and as a paying customer. From an overall prospective, id defiantly give this place an 8/10. It has everything to keep all ages happy, the history of the line itself, the steam and diesel locos, the shop at Alresford along with a miniature railway to keep all ages happy.
The line is 10 miles lone with an average gradient of 1 in 60 uphill from Alton to Medstead and a 1in60 downhill gradient from Medstead to Alresford, (of course these are reversed coming from Alresford)
At Alresford the line ends there, all the coaching stock is kept down the sidings south of the station and cannot be accessed by the public, and there are 2 platforms and a bay/cattle dock platform.
There is a wonder café called the West Country Buffet and does a beautiful breakfast in there, along with sandwiches hot and cold, drinks and other very decently priced food.
Alresford has a signal box, which if you're lucky, you can get a look in depending on how busy the station is at the time. Most the engines that terminate at Alresford, once run around and are ready on the other end of the train, will allow a small amount of public onto the footplate for a brief period to give everyone a good idea just how much work goes into evening standing still at a station.
This is the loco yard for the line, there is an up and down platform, a small shop selling a few odd little items and a small café up on the hill which is only open on some weekends and events. A miniature railway has been installed along the hill and can be seen giving rides to passengers for a 50p donation (optional, of course)
The engine shed itself isn't always open to public, but on quite days, a polite word with a worker will normally see that you get a small tour around the sheds, over the other end of the yard is the boiler work, but due to the nature of the work going on in there, it is not normally possible to get access.
The bridge from Kings Cross is being erected which was famous for being used in the Harry Potter films.
Medstead and Four Marks
This is the home to the wagon group, although a lot of the yard is out of bounds there, if you walk over the footbridge, a full view of the whole yard can be seen along with all the restored wagons and Vans to the left of the yard.
There's not much to do at Medstead, but for those that enjoy the history of the line, there's a small museum with a few photos and descriptions in the waiting rooms
This is the other end of the line, there's a small shop once again and a small café stand, this connects with main line trains running from Alton Though Woking to Waterloo using South West Trains.