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Watercress Line to travel back in time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day

24 May 2019

This June marks the start of the 75th anniversary of D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy and with it, a momentous occasion to commemorate peace, liberty and reconciliation at Hampshire’s heritage railway. 

Travel back in time at the Watercress Line from 15th-16th June, as the station transforms itself into a bustling Second World War railway for its hugely popular War on the Line event. 

War on the Line will transport visitors back to the 1940s to experience life in wartime Britain - from following the progress of the invasion, to dancing alongside ‘Now That’s Jive Company B’. 

Civilian and military re-enactors, vintage vehicles, live music, dancing and stalls selling retro wares will all encourage visitors to embrace the ‘Blitz Spirit’. While Pearl’s Pin-up Parlour will be open for 40s makeovers. 

Added to this, visitors will be able to enjoy an exciting Spitfire flypast, subject to weather conditions, at Ropley Station. 

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. 

Away from the station, visitors can take part in a self-guided walk, which will take them 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.