A Legacy of Transportation
The coming of the railway heralded new prosperity for the south of England watercress industry. The vegetable was too perishable to be transported along poor roads to distant markets, but the development of the Hampshire line in 1865 meant it could be picked in the afternoon, taken by horse and cart to Alresford station that evening and be on sale by the half hundred weight in wicker basket “flats” in Covent Garden in the early hours of the following morning.
Today, manned by a dedicated team of volunteers and employees, The Watercress Line steam railway is one of Hampshire’s leading tourist attractions, carrying 120,000 passengers a year on the four stops between Alresford and Alton.
For further information on the Watercress Line contact:
The Railway Station, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JG
Tel: 01962 733810 Fax: 01962 735488 Talking Timetable: 01962 734866