Trains to Alton

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Alton is a town located in Hampshire, it lies nearby River Wey. Farnham is 9 miles (14km) to the north of Alton, Winchester lies 16 miles (26km) to the south west, while London is 52 miles (84km) away.

Historically the town is famous for the Battle of Alton that occurred during the English Civil War in 1643. Jane Austen lived in town in the 17th century for the last 8 years of her life. Her house has been transformed into a museum currently opened to the public. Alton is also famous for its breweries opened since 1763. Up until 2005 Coors Brewing company, one of the 10 biggest breweries in the world was based in town, unfortunately it closed after losing orders from Heineken. The town was also renownd for manufacturing paper and fabrics such as druggets, shallons and silk. Today the town economy is based on retail and service sectors ranging from industrial lighting to the production of computer software. The industries are spread over the four industrial areas in Mill Lane, Caker Stream, Omega Park and Newman Lane.

The town is served by the homonymous station that functions as the terminus for the Alton Line that operates trains between Brookwood and London Waterloo and the Mid Hants Watercress railway that operates steam trains to Alresford.  The train station is equipped with three platforms, South Western Railway uses the first two, while Platform 3 is dedicated to the Mid Hants Watercress Railway. Alton station has a level access to the ticket office and both platforms are accessible by lift. Platform 1 offers travellers a newsagent, male toilets and cycle storage. Female toilets and a waiting room are located inside the main building. Outside the train station travellers can benefit from a pay and display car park, a taxi rank, a drop-off point and a bus stop. CCTV and Wi-Fi services operate at this train station. The Alton Line operates trains to London Waterloo via Brookwood joining into South West Main Line. The journey is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. On weekdays trains to London Waterloo depart with a half-hour frequency, while on Sundays they operate every hour up until 1:30pm, after that trains frequency increases to two trains per hour. The Mid Hants Railway is also known as the Watercress Line, it is a restored steam railway running between Alton and New Alresford. Its name originates from the old days when fresh watercress used to be transported to London. The station started to operate as heritage line since 1985. Today, it is a charity mainly run by volunteers and it is best known for its unique events such as War on the Line, and Thomas The Tank Engine. Depending on the day and period there are one of two trains running on the line. Standard train fares are all day travel tickets that entitle passengers to hop on and off the train to explore the stations and towns.

Visitors travelling to town are advised to purchase Advance train tickets to Alton to benefit from early booking discounts and special offers. Travellers are advised that Alton railway station does not serve Alton Towers Resort that is 185 miles away, approximately a 4 hours and 46 minutes train journey to Staffordshire. Many people have mistakenly travelled to Alton station while intending to reach the resort. Travellers arriving at Alton railway station can reach the town centre in under 10 minutes' walk. Visitors are attracted to Alton thanks to the high street retail stores, independent shops and five main supermarkets. Art lovers are advised to visit The Allen Gallery exhibiting a large, permanent ceramics collection as well as temporary exhibitions. Holybourne Theatre, a former Nissen hut, in other words a former prison during World War II, has been staging theatre plays since its opening in 1971. History lovers should book train tickets to Alton to visit the Curtis Museum, founded in 1856 by Doctor Curtis that exhibits the finest local history collections in Hampshire. Alton sits at the northern edge of the South Downs National Park, with its beautiful natural landscapes and long-distance walking routes. Families can enjoy days out with the children at The Town Gardens where they will find a bandstand built in 2013 to commemorate Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, surrounded by trees and beautiful flower beds and a playground for the little ones. Anstey Park offers large grounds with playing fields and a small children playground.