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On the Watercress line

Class 8 diesel shunter. 

 

The watercress line is a delight that runs between New Arlesford and Alton in Hampshire. The name derives from the days when it would ship watercress from this area to London. Apparently watercress thrives best in fast flowing water over chalk. 

 

Ange, Kathryn and I went there to meet up with the family to scatter the ashes of Ange's cousin John who loved steam trains and had been a fireman on the railways in his younger days. Because of this they allowed us to scatter his ashes in a memorial garden at Ropley station on the line. We first had a ride on the train, 32 of us plus John's ashes.

 

It may sound odd but it was a great way to celebrate the life of a much loved member of the family and there were, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren there 

On the Watercress line

Class 8 diesel shunter. 

 

The watercress line is a delight that runs between New Arlesford and Alton in Hampshire. The name derives from the days when it would ship watercress from this area to London. Apparently watercress thrives best in fast flowing water over chalk. 

 

Ange, Kathryn and I went there to meet up with the family to scatter the ashes of Ange's cousin John who loved steam trains and had been a fireman on the railways in his younger days. Because of this they allowed us to scatter his ashes in a memorial garden at Ropley station on the line. We first had a ride on the train, 32 of us plus John's ashes.

 

It may sound odd but it was a great way to celebrate the life of a much loved member of the family and there were, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren there 

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 12 Jun 2017, 00:57
Nice shot, Bill, and delightfully butchered in the style of Michael Murphy.
Bill Phillips: Anything he can butcher.......
It does sound a really wonderful way to celebrate Ange's cousin.
Bill Phillips: It was the perfect farewell Elizabeth
Nice sentiment, Billiam
Bill Phillips: He would have loved the idea Richard
What a way to go, Bill!!!
Bill Phillips: The perfect send off Ginnie
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Jun 2017, 06:44
When I was working on the railways I often rode around and drove, on occasion, these fine & powerful machines. Many were built, some still are still in service
Bill Phillips: I didn't know that. There are very powerful beasts but with a top speed of only about 15mph I believe
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Jun 2017, 06:50
What a wonderful gesture and sentiment that they made it possible for the family to have a nice ceremony. This Locomotive looks like it is in the proper place.
Bill Phillips: It was a really good day Astrid
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 Jun 2017, 07:17
I agree with Astrid - and I like your b&w image very much.
Bill Phillips: Thank you very much Philine. It was a very good day
Glad that you have finally got the message that Mondays are for B&w only. That is why it is known as Black Mondag.
Bill Phillips: This is pure happenstance Chad. Anything else would look like planning
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Jun 2017, 09:23
These were the workhorses for shunting goods trains. Quiet powerful for their size but not very attractive. Your day out with the family members sounds like splendid way to mark such an occasion.
Bill Phillips: It was a success and I think everybody enjoyed the celebration of a life.
You have managed to make this mundane engine attractive, Bill.As a teenager I worked for British railways, one job I did entailed going to a watercress producers and loading up a three ton van to the gunnels with the stuff , we would then take it to a local siding and it would be loaded onto what was called 'the produce train', along with tomato's,lettuce, and many other amounts of local grown stuff.
Bill Phillips: I would think that would put you off watercress for life Frank
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Jun 2017, 11:27
Quite a picture and great in b&w. Very nice to do the ashes thing in this way.
Bill Phillips: It was the perfect final send off Louis and I just know John would have loved it
Good way to say a final farewell to a much loved friend and relative. Several times we have driven past this line on the A34 but have never taken out time on the journey to call in. I was also interested to learn Chris is an ex railwayman also, just like me and Maureen, (a railwaylady of course.)
Bill Phillips: I didn't realise Chris worked on the railway.

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