War on the Line

Experience life on a WWII railway

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Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June 2017

Transport yourself back in time to the 1940s, against the backdrop of a Second World War railway, to experience the 'Blitz Spirit'. View the War on the Line timetable

WOTL groupWhy not bring your parents or grandparents for free? NEW this year - if you were alive in '45 we are offering you a free ticket, see details below.

Enjoy unlimited train travel and mingle with civilian and military re-enactors, hop off at each station to explore period displays, music, dancing, vintage vehicles and stalls selling retro wares. 

Each station provides you with a different experience of life in wartime Britain. Help run the recreated RAF Plotting Room, dance alongside GIs, learn about the ‘Home Front’ and wartime railway manufacturing or have your hair styled for the 40s. There is something different at every station.

War on the Line is as much about reliving this period as enjoying the rush of the steam engine.

Whether the day out means the chance to dress up in your own period costume, or just to come along to soak up the atmosphere, War on the Line is a unique way to enjoy a day on the railway.

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Watch a video from previous War on the Line events


Adult £18
Child (aged 2-16 yrs) £10
Child under 2 yrs FREE
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £46

*Alive in 45 Offer. Pre booked tickets by application only. Proof of your date of birth (born before or during 1945) will be required.

For postal applications:

Please send your name, day you wish to visit and a photocopy of the supporting document. Include a stamped addressed envelope for return of your tickets to: Alive in '45, Mid Hants Railway, Alresford, SO24 9JG.

For applications by Email:

Email your name, date of birth and the date you wish to attend to educationlinks.midhants@btconnect.com with subject line: alive in 45. 

(This email for Alive in 45 applications only. Please direct event and all other ticket emails to info@watercressline.co.uk)

You can either attach a copy of your document to the email or bring it with you on the day. Email applications will receive a confirmation email but your ticket will be held for collection on the day at Ropley.


FREE parking in the field at Ropley SO24 0BL

Entry to this special event is by travel ticket only. Once tickets are purchased they cannot be changed or cancelled for any reason. Tesco Clubcard vouchers, are not valid for this event.
Re-enactors interested in contributing to the event; please click here

Any traders who wish to have a stall at War on the Line, please click here

Please note that AXIS troops are not permitted.

The Company does not guarantee that the trains will arrive or depart at the times stated and reserves the right to cancel, alter or suspend any train without notice, or to substitute a different train should this be necessary for whatever reason. All events and displays are subject to availability and weather conditions.

Dates for your diary

War on the Line 2018 - 16th & 17th June 2018

War on the Line 2019 - 15th & 16th June 2019. We are planning a bumper event in 2019 to mark the 75th Anniversary of the D Day landings.

War on the Line 2016 images: Nicola Portsmouth

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