War on the Line

Experience life on a WWII railway

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Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2018

Transport yourself back in time to the 1940s, against the backdrop of a Second World War railway, to experience the 'Blitz Spirit'. The event timetable will include all our standard departures plus additional services to be confirmed closer to the event. . See timetable below for basic departure times.

WOTL group

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





  • 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. 
  • Please note that AXIS troops are not permitted.


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

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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 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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