War on the Line

Experience life on a WWII railway

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Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June 2020.

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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'.

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. 

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. 

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. 
  • Please note that AXIS troops are not permitted.

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

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