17th May 2017
Taking place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June, War on the Line will give visitors the chance to experience the spirit of the Blitz – and those ‘alive in ‘45’, who were already born by the end of WWII, have been invited to do so free of cost.*
Passengers will get to enjoy unlimited train travel, mingle with civilian and military re-enactors and hop off along the line to explore period displays. Each station along the Watercress Line provides a different experience of life in wartime Britain, from helping to run a recreated RAF plotting room, dancing alongside GIs, learning about wartime railway manufacturing or having hair styled for the 1940s.
War on the Line is a huge hit with families every year, as well as people who experienced the war and have memories of the railways during that time. We encourage families to treat grandparents with a trip back in time and enjoy the sights and sounds of the 1940s railway. As well as seeing re-enactors, passengers will experience music, dancing and vintage vehicles, and even have the option to dress up. Visitors to War on the Line can expect to see servicemen and women dashing about, loved ones saying goodbye to each other and evacuees boarding trains. ‘Spivs’ are seen peddling black market wares while trying to avoid the police, the Bomb Disposal Unit is kept very busy and there are opportunities to find out more about life on the Home Front as well as joining in a ‘40s jive.
The War on the Line experience is also incredibly educational for children, as it gives them a chance to see what life was like during the war. For generations who will only get to read about what went on during the 1940s, it’s a totally different experience visiting with members of the family who may have lived through it and have their own stories to tell. War on the Line is as much about reliving this period as enjoying the rush of the steam engine, and there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone over the weekend.
*Tickets for War on the Line can be booked here People wishing to use the ‘alive in 45’ offer will need to pre-book tickets online and show proof of their date of birth by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Visitors will not be able to take advantage of this offer by turning up on the day without pre-booking.