The Signalman walks down the platform with the single line token for the section.
The guard appears to be unloading Watercress which is the product which gives the line its famous nickname
At Alton we see 1122 alongside electric unit 7748, a connection was made here fro the Mid Hants line with trains from London and since the revival this practice still continues
1101 approaches Polegate as it passed the B Signalbox
25th January 1973
The Winchester to Alton Line
This day Ian travelled over the line from Winchester to Alton.
Many people will be thinking that this route sounds familiar, well it is because part of it is now the Mid-Hants Railway aka The Watercress Line
When Ian Travelled over the line it was nine days before the line closed
A series of photos showing 1101 at Hailsham on a wet August day
The first of the class, 1302 is seen arriving at Lewes Station passing Lewes D Signalbox
4th April 1964
On this day Ian travelled around the South East where he covered a very large area and in the process he got many shots of 207's
Here is 1311 at Lewes , the driver is looking back awaiting the right of way
20th August 1968
On this day Ian found himself in Hailsham and Polegate as he had been documenting the stations and signalboxes.
The unit of the day was the first of the 205's 1101
Another view of Crowborough, this time with 1315
1306 is seen arriving at Crowborough
1306 & 1304 are seen at Eridge Station, The island platform on the left is now part of the Spa Valley Railway who operate 1317
More Watercress is loaded onto the 15:21 down train at Alresford this unit was 1121.
This scene is a little different now as there is a footbridge at the end of the platform and sidings beyond the station.
We would like to thanks Ian D Nolan for letting us use his photographs and all copyright for these images remain with Ian
Also more of Ian's photos can be seen in the article about Chichester to Midhurst Line Centenary
Thumpers pass at Alresford, on the left is 1102 on the 10:21 Down service and the other is 1122 on the 10:25 Up
Here is 1304 on a down service at Mayfield station
Heres a another shot of 1303 at Uckfield.
When the line was closed south of here a new single platform station was built the other side of the crossing.
Another view of 1303 entering Uckfield
1303 on the crossing at Uckfield, dont you just love those cars
Unit 1121 is on the 11:28 up service at a rather dilapidated Ropley station.
Fortunately this station looks a lot different now with the passing loop and platform reinstated