Enjoy the Hampshire Countryside by Steam

March 04, 2020

There is nothing quite like the old fashioned charm of the steam railway. What better way to appreciate the stunning Hampshire countryside this time of year, than by relaxing in the style of a comfortable, warm carriage and watching the world go by?

Experience nostalgic excitement as a magnificent steam engine draws up to the platform, in a fantastic assault on the senses; engines chugging, and aromatic smoke billowing – an almost endless source of fascination for younger children and adults alike.

This month, the renowned Flying Scotsman, one of the nation’s favourite steam engines, can be seen on display at Ropley Station. A journey on a traditional steam train can take you to several railway stations, whilst en route you can enjoy the picturesque views of South Downs National Park.

Offering a great day out for the family, The Mid Hants Railway consists of several Hampshire stations, linking the villages of Alton, Alresford, Medstead and Ropley. Take a step back into the past and enjoy the atmosphere at these olde-worlde stations; explore viewing galleries and visit quaint, enticing gift shops with plenty of Flying Scotsman merchandise available, a real treat for all ages. On Alresford Station, sustenance is also available, with The West Country Buffet selling hot and cold drinks along with food.

An abundance of history naturally follows the railway line, which was first opened in 1865 and although it was later closed, was reopened by dedicated enthusiasts and volunteers who have worked hard since in the upkeep of this classic railway. Now a wonderful tourist attraction, it is seemingly untouched by the hectic modern world.

Visitors must act quickly if they wish to see The Flying Scotsman, with the 7th and 8th of March the last weekend of the event. Tickets are available to book here.

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