Following a great Watercress Line Steam Gala last weekend, I noticed the Ropley stock siding being extended, presumably to allow overnight carriage rake stabling overnight during the January to July Alton line possession. The spoil is being dumped near the disused Butts Junction, to the former Fareham and Basingstoke lines. People were amazed how thin the top soil is, viewed against the new Ropley wider white chalk cutting. Butts Bridge at Alton over the A339, is being replaced by outside contractors next year, meaning trains running from Alresford terminate at Four Marks. Will fares be reduced during the shorter line usage?