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War on the Line

Experience life on a WWII railway




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Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June 2019 to mark the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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WOTL group

Transport yourself back in time to the 1940s, against the backdrop of a Second World War railway, to experience the 'Blitz Spirit' and mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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War On The Line will feature civilian and military re-enactors, vintage vehicles, live music, dancing and stalls selling retro wares. 

Each station will provide visitors with a different experience of life in wartime Britain, from running an RAF plotting room, to dancing alongside ‘Now That’s Jive Company B’.

At Ropley Station, visitors will also be able to undergo a 40s makeover at Pearl’s Pin-up Parlour and enjoy an exciting Spitfire flypast, subject to weather conditions.

War on the Line is as much about reliving this period as it is enjoying the rush of a steam engine. Whether you want to get involved and dress up in your own period costume, or simply come along and soak up the atmosphere, War on the Line promises to be a truly unique and memorable experience - and a brilliant way to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. 

Adding to the event, a self-guided walk will take visitors to key points across Alresford which have links to the American troops who were stationed in the town in the run up to D-Day. 

Keep up to date with all the latest news on our Facebook Event.


Adult £20
Child (aged 5-16 yrs) £10
Child under 5 yrs FREE
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £50

There will be no steam trains operating to or from Alton station until the end of July 2019 due to work being carried out as part of a large highway improvement scheme. We will still be running trains from Alresford to Medstead. Click here for more information.

  • FREE parking in the field at Ropley SO24 0BL
    (There will be no parking available at Medstead & Four Marks Station. Please do not park in residential areas close to the station.)
  • 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. 
  • Please note that AXIS troops are not permitted.

Display and trade applications via warontheline@watercressline.co.uk please.

Applications for passes for our regular re-enactors are now closed. Click here for news for our regular re-enactors.

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. 

War on the Line 2016 images: Nicola Portsmouth