Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Bridge comes to the Watercress Line

A footbridge that used to stand at King’s Cross station in London and featured in the Harry Potter films is to be reinstalled on the Watercress Line steam railway in Hampshire.

The 118-year-old Handyside Bridge will be moved to the Mid Hants Railway at Ropley in December.

The bridge will span the railway lines at Ropley to allow visitors to view the steam locomotives from above.

The Mid Hants railway, known as the Watercress Line, runs from New Alresford to Alton.

The Handyside Bridge, which was erected in Kings Cross in 1893, was removed in 2009 as part of the £500m redevelopment of Kings Cross station.

Before it was removed, Network Rail said the only people still using the bridge were Harry Potter fans and station staff.

The iron bridge has been transported to Eastleigh on the back of nine lorries, where it is being shot-blasted and repainted.

In the Harry Potter movies and books, Kings Cross station was the boarding point for the Hogwarts Express.

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