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November 2003
Alton Rally 2003
The Watercress Line is one of the better known steam railways in Southern England.   It operates in Hampshire between Alton and Alresford.   Each summer it stages a rally and running day, based in Anstey Park in Alton (above left).   It attracts a good mixture of old and new buses (above right) and also vintage cars and commercial vehicles.
Half-cab single-deckers were well represented this year including these entries from London Transport, East Kent and a pre-war Cheetah from Porlock Blue Motors.
One of the attractions of the Alton event is the chance to ride on trains as well as buses.   Both steam locomotives (right) and diesels (upper left) operated on the line giving interconnection opportunities at Medstead and Alresford (lower left).
Alton Rally 2003
All photos taken in July 2003.   Click to enlarge.
Photo Facts
Top right : Reading Transport were an enthusiastic operator of MCW Metropolitans.   Their 101 (GRX1N) has recently been restored.
Middle left: London Transport AEC Regal III T792 (HLX462) from 1948.
Middle middle: East Kent Tiger PS1 with Park Royal body, CFN 104, from 1948.
Middle right: Immaculate Harrington bodied Leyland Cheetah EYA923 of Porlock Blue Motors from 1939.
Lower top: DMU W55003
Lower bottom: Hastings & District 366 (VKE566S)
Lower right: Steam locomotive 92212
Watercress Line
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