Icon Logo Gun Mart

The Watercress Line

The Watercress Line

During the Second World War, the railway network was a vital artery for Britain, being used to transport troops and supplies around the country and getting people to work. The railway was vital in keeping the country together socially, as troops returned home for leave, and to move evacuees from the bomb-ravaged cities into the safety of the countryside. Ownership of cars was very low and as a means of public transportation railways were essential.

This aspect of the era has now become part of the re-enactment circuit and heritage railways regularly organise special weekends to recreate the nostalgia of the age using steam trains. The popularity of these events is reflected in just how many now feature 1940s weekends in their schedule. One of the most popular is the Mid Hants Railway at Alresford in Hampshire, better known as The Watercress Line. The wartime weekend event ‘War on the Line’ has been attracting large numbers for some years, but a more recent addition is the ‘Christmas Leave Train’.

The winter months are a very quiet period in the re-enactment calendar and over Christmas everybody gets a bit fidgety and look for something to get out of the house. The Watercress Line came to the rescue and introduced the Leave Train weekend. From the very first event it proved popular, not only with re-enactors, but also the general public.

A Brief Encounter

story continues below...

Just before Christmas, the Watercress Line invited me along to see how the event is developing. I have been invited before and it’s always good to go back again because you meet up with re-enactors and see something different. The last time I attended, I compared the event to the classic 1945 film ‘A Brief Encounter’ starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson and I’m pleased to say the atmosphere of the event is still the same. The Christmas Leave Train is attended by a mixture of civilian re-enactors and others in a variety of uniforms from army, Royal Navy and RAF, just as though they were going on leave.

Some people carried weapons, but they were not displayed prominently. Mainly they were rifles carried slung over the shoulder, very reminiscent of wartime photographs and all very nostalgic. Civilians and service personnel travelling on the same train was a great photographic opportunity and the perfect ‘get away’ for re-enactors. With a regular timetable schedule, it was a relaxed event and it was possible to get off at a station and catch the next train. This is an event to be enjoyed by young and old alike and indeed some re-enactors did attend as a family group in period dress.

During the journey, tickets are checked and ‘punched’ in the traditional way and at the main station of Alresford there was entertainment and a display of period vehicles, including a few Jeeps. Adding to the atmosphere were a few American troops, just to remind us that as our Allies they too travelled by train as they went on leave or returned to their training camps.

War on the line

The Watercress Line has already organised its summer 1940s weekend called ‘War on the Line’, which will be held 10th - 11th June, with a regular schedule of steam trains running on a timetable between the four stations along a 10-mile stretch of track. The ticket allows you to ride all day if you wish to and some re-enactors do just that. There are seasoned travellers who pack a picnic to enjoy the whole experience and soak up the atmosphere including entertainment. The War on the Line features displays at each of the stations and is a great event with lots to see.

If you have never visited an event at the Watercress Line, I recommend you go along because you will not be disappointed. This is a great weekend for Home Front and Allied re-enactors and you’ll wonder why you had not been before. I would like to extend my thanks to the all the staff at the Watercress Line for the facilities and the invitation; you were all so very kind.


  • cheap avapro 150mg <a href="https://irbesartanbuy.com/">order avapro 150mg generic</a> famotidine 20mg drug

    Default profile image
    23 Sep 2022 at 11:39 PM
  • purchase clarinex without prescription <a href="https://xmesalamine.com/">order mesalamine 800mg online</a> order asacol 800mg pill

    Default profile image
    22 Sep 2022 at 02:56 PM
  • purchase tizanidine pills <a href="https://xptadalafil.com/">buy cialis 5mg pill</a> buy tadalafil 10mg without prescription

    Default profile image
    20 Sep 2022 at 06:31 AM
  • purchase acyclovir generic <a href="https://buyxdapsone.com/">buy generic avlosulfon</a> aceon medication

    Default profile image
    15 Sep 2022 at 01:55 PM
  • albuterol for sale <a href="https://buypriligx.com/">dapoxetine 60mg oral</a> aristocort brand

    Default profile image
    13 Sep 2022 at 07:50 PM
  • buy metoprolol sale <a href="https://buymedropll.com/">medrol cost in usa</a> buy levitra 20mg sale

    Default profile image
    12 Sep 2022 at 08:53 AM
  • purchase diamox online <a href="https://amantadinet.com/">amantadine 100mg price</a> purchase singulair

    Default profile image
    07 Sep 2022 at 07:04 AM
  • imuran over the counter <a href="https://salbutamols.com/">order imuran 100mcg online cheap</a> pyridium 200 mg us

    Default profile image
    06 Sep 2022 at 01:15 AM
  • molnunat 200mg oral <a href="https://lansoprazolexs.com/">buy generic prevacid 30mg</a> buy prevacid pills

    Default profile image
    04 Sep 2022 at 09:44 PM
  • generic azathioprine 25mg <a href="https://viaformen.com/">sildenafil 25mg for sale</a> order micardis 20mg pill

    Default profile image
    03 Sep 2022 at 06:41 PM
  • sugarhouse casino online <a href="https://sldflp.com/">canadian viagra</a> my childhood essay writing

    Default profile image
    31 Aug 2022 at 05:41 PM
  • sildenafil 100mg uk <a href="https://sildfored.com/">order generic viagra 100mg</a> real cialis sites

    Default profile image
    30 Aug 2022 at 01:32 PM
  • buy orlistat sale <a href="https://cyclobenzapx.com/">purchase cyclobenzaprine pills</a> lioresal order

    Default profile image
    28 Aug 2022 at 03:50 AM
  • indocin 75mg generic <a href="https://terbinafines.com/">purchase terbinafine</a> buy amoxicillin 500mg online cheap

    Default profile image
    18 Aug 2022 at 08:08 PM
  • buy tadalafil 10mg generic <a href="https://tadalisus.com/">tadalafil 20mg drug</a> buy diclofenac 100mg pill

    Default profile image
    17 Aug 2022 at 02:17 PM
  • buy ivermectin cream for humans <a href="https://prazosinxl.com/">order prazosin 1mg generic</a> buy generic retin cream

    Default profile image
    16 Aug 2022 at 03:41 AM
  • order cefuroxime sale <a href="https://trazodonec.com/">generic desyrel 100mg</a> buy tadalafil 10mg online cheap

    Default profile image
    13 Aug 2022 at 02:52 PM
  • flagyl for sale online <a href="https://bactrimln.com/">bactrim 480mg us</a> purchase metformin without prescription

    Default profile image
    10 Aug 2022 at 07:21 PM
  • azithromycin brand <a href="https://azithromycinl.com/">azithromycin 500mg brand</a> buy glucophage online cheap

    Default profile image
    09 Aug 2022 at 12:29 PM
  • fluconazole 200mg ca <a href="https://sildedpill.com/">viagra for men over 50</a> brand sildenafil 50mg

    Default profile image
    06 Aug 2022 at 11:55 PM
  • buy ondansetron 4mg <a href="https://simvastatinl.com/">simvastatin order online</a> purchase propecia sale

    Default profile image
    05 Aug 2022 at 04:33 AM
  • zantac for sale <a href="https://celecoxibp.com/">cheap celebrex 200mg</a> order flomax 0.2mg without prescription

    Default profile image
    03 Aug 2022 at 09:56 PM
  • tadalafil 10mg sale <a href="https://sumatriptanl.com/">imitrex buy online</a> order dutasteride online cheap

    Default profile image
    02 Aug 2022 at 03:23 PM
  • purchase nexium online cheap <a href="https://phenergpl.com/">buy promethazine pill</a> buy generic tadalafil 40mg

    Default profile image
    01 Aug 2022 at 08:23 AM
  • sildenafil 150 mg <a href="https://sildalispl.com/">sildenafil 20mg</a> cozaar 50mg usa

    Default profile image
    31 Jul 2022 at 01:01 AM
  • generic isotretinoin 10mg <a href="https://accutpls.com/">order isotretinoin 10mg online cheap</a> buy sildenafil generic

    Default profile image
    29 Jul 2022 at 01:37 PM
  • buy sildenafil 50mg online cheap <a href="https://edspill.com/">hims ed pills</a> prednisone buy online

    Default profile image
    28 Jul 2022 at 06:13 AM
  • buy methotrexate 2.5mg sale <a href="https://metoclopramy.com/">metoclopramide over the counter</a> metoclopramide 20mg brand

    Default profile image
    26 Jul 2022 at 10:27 PM
  • cyclobenzaprine 15mg drug <a href="https://clopidogrely.com/">order clopidogrel 75mg generic</a> plavix 150mg canada

    Default profile image
    25 Jul 2022 at 03:02 PM
  • order ezetimibe 10mg for sale <a href="https://domperidonebc.com/">motilium tablet</a> brand domperidone 10mg

    Default profile image
    23 Jul 2022 at 10:46 PM
  • sildenafil 150mg pills <a href="https://rosuvastans.com/">rosuvastatin 10mg without prescription</a> usa pharmacy cialis

    Default profile image
    22 Jul 2022 at 01:12 AM
  • cheap dapoxetine 30mg <a href="https://diltiazemns.com/">diltiazem buy online</a> order allopurinol 300mg online

    Default profile image
    20 Jul 2022 at 08:06 PM
  • baricitinib uk - <a href="https://amlodipinef.com/">buy norvasc 10mg generic</a> purchase lisinopril without prescription

    Default profile image
    18 Jul 2022 at 11:32 AM
  • order plaquenil 200mg sale - <a href="https://hydroxyne.com/">order hydroxychloroquine</a> cenforce over the counter

    Default profile image
    16 Jul 2022 at 11:17 PM
  • neurontin 800mg pills - <a href="https://gdoxycycline.com/">generic stromectol for humans</a> ivermectin 1

    Default profile image
    14 Jul 2022 at 04:20 AM
  • deltasone 10mg without prescription - <a href="https://rprednisone.com/">order prednisone 5mg generic</a> buy prednisolone 20mg

    Default profile image
    12 Jul 2022 at 01:43 PM
  • medications for ed - <a href="https://tadalafilsde.com/">tadalafil 20mg kaufen ohne rezept</a> viagra 50mg generika

    Default profile image
    11 Jul 2022 at 02:52 AM
  • fildena over the counter - <a href="https://trazodonel.com/">trazodone 100mg usa</a> viagra sildenafil 150mg

    Default profile image
    09 Jul 2022 at 06:57 PM
  • order metronidazole pill - <a href="https://metronidazoled.com/">purchase metronidazole generic</a> cephalexin drug

    Default profile image
    08 Jul 2022 at 02:34 PM
  • finasteride over the counter - <a href="https://ampicillinmd.com/">order ampicillin pills</a> buy cipro 500mg

    Default profile image
    07 Jul 2022 at 05:52 AM
  • purchase zofran online - <a href="https://simvastatinr.com/">simvastatin 10mg price</a> buy valacyclovir 1000mg online cheap

    Default profile image
    04 Jul 2022 at 07:00 AM
  • order generic tadalafil 5mg - <a href="https://celecoxibr.com/">buy celecoxib 100mg generic</a> tamsulosin 0.4mg over the counter

    Default profile image
    02 Jul 2022 at 07:58 PM
  • levaquin 500mg uk - <a href="https://dutasterider.com/">order dutasteride online cheap</a> buy cialis 40mg for sale

    Default profile image
    01 Jul 2022 at 06:01 AM
  • buy cozaar 25mg online cheap - <a href="https://topamaxn.com/">purchase topiramate without prescription</a> order phenergan for sale

    Default profile image
    29 Jun 2022 at 01:43 AM
  • purchase clopidogrel for sale - <a href="https://twarfarin.com/">warfarin 5mg cost</a> metoclopramide 10mg pill

    Default profile image
    27 Jun 2022 at 08:46 AM
  • order cyclobenzaprine pills - <a href="https://rcolchicine.com/">buy colchicine 0.5mg for sale</a> order inderal 10mg for sale

    Default profile image
    25 Jun 2022 at 03:17 PM
  • isotretinoin for sale online - <a href="https://razithromycin.com/">zithromax over the counter</a> buy tetracycline 250mg online cheap

    Default profile image
    23 Jun 2022 at 10:37 PM
  • provigil 100mg pill - <a href="https://rbudesonide.com/">rhinocort pill</a> rhinocort canada

    Default profile image
    22 Jun 2022 at 04:08 AM
  • sildenafil 200 mg - <a href="https://rtadalafil.store/">cialis 5mg oral</a> buy cialis 20mg online

    Default profile image
    20 Jun 2022 at 04:26 PM
  • purchase cenforce generic - <a href="https://xrosuvastatin.com/">buy rosuvastatin 10mg pills</a> motilium 10mg sale

    Default profile image
    19 Jun 2022 at 06:57 AM
  • order prednisone 5mg pills - <a href="https://orlistati.store/">buy orlistat generic</a> oral amoxicillin 250mg

    Default profile image
    16 Jun 2022 at 02:29 AM
  • tadalafil 5mg cost - <a href="https://sildefix.com/">sildenafil uk</a> sildenafil 200mg price

    Default profile image
    14 Jun 2022 at 06:35 AM
  • buy synthroid 100mcg without prescription - <a href="https://desloratadi.store/">order clarinex 5mg without prescription</a> hydroxychloroquine price

    Default profile image
    12 Jun 2022 at 06:59 PM
  • albuterol cheap - <a href="https://casinoandslotx.com/">best real money casino</a> order priligy 60mg without prescription

    Default profile image
    11 Jun 2022 at 07:15 AM
  • vardenafil 10mg for sale - <a href="https://pregabalin.store/">buy lyrica for sale</a> clomid 100mg uk

    Default profile image
    09 Jun 2022 at 03:50 PM
  • buy lisinopril 10mg pill - <a href="https://omeprazolepx.com/">generic omeprazole 20mg</a> atenolol over the counter

    Default profile image
    08 Jun 2022 at 04:20 AM
  • metformin drug - <a href="https://metforminx.store/">order glucophage</a> buy norvasc 10mg online cheap

    Default profile image
    06 Jun 2022 at 02:56 PM
  • cheap plaquenil - <a href="https://chloroquins.com/">chloroquine 250mg canada</a> order baricitinib 2mg for sale

    Default profile image
    05 Jun 2022 at 01:32 AM
  • buy furosemide without prescription - <a href="https://doxycyclinet.com/">purchase doxycycline for sale</a> cost stromectol

    Default profile image
    03 Jun 2022 at 09:57 AM
  • purchase prednisolone pills - <a href="https://predsolone.store/">buy prednisolone</a> order sildenafil 150mg generic

    Default profile image
    01 Jun 2022 at 06:17 PM
  • amoxicillin 1000mg drug - <a href="https://edssilen.com/">viagra online buy</a> sildenafil 150mg tablet

    Default profile image
    31 May 2022 at 05:44 AM
  • deltasone usa - <a href="https://accutanpll.com/">buy isotretinoin 40mg sale</a> buy isotretinoin 40mg

    Default profile image
    29 May 2022 at 08:45 PM
  • cialis tablet - <a href="https://erectplls.com/">cialis pills 40mg</a> order modafinil 200mg generic

    Default profile image
    28 May 2022 at 11:38 AM
  • doxycycline 200mg cost - <a href="https://doxycyclineg.store/">buy doxycycline pill</a> cialis 10mg pills

    Default profile image
    26 May 2022 at 02:54 PM
  • buy amoxil generic - <a href="https://amoxicillinc.store/">amoxicillin 500mg usa</a> levitra 10mg sale

    Default profile image
    23 May 2022 at 03:24 PM
  • buy acillin online - <a href="https://ampicillinc.store/">order ampicillin generic</a> order cialis 5mg sale

    Default profile image
    21 May 2022 at 03:20 PM
  • order ceftin 250mg sale - <a href="https://xcialis.store/">tadalafil online order</a> cialis 5mg without prescription

    Default profile image
    20 May 2022 at 04:26 AM
  • rhinocort drug - <a href="https://xbudesonide.quest/">budesonide drug</a> disulfiram 500mg price

    Default profile image
    18 May 2022 at 04:59 PM
  • purchase cephalexin - <a href="https://cephalexinx.store/">buy cephalexin</a> buy erythromycin 500mg pill

    Default profile image
    15 May 2022 at 02:09 AM
  • bactrim 960mg ca - <a href="https://xsildenafil.store/">viagra 50mg for sale</a> viagra overnight shipping usa

    Default profile image
    12 May 2022 at 06:26 PM
  • augmentin oral - <a href="https://gaugmentin.store/">buy augmentin 1000mg without prescription</a> buy cialis for sale

    Default profile image
    10 May 2022 at 06:19 AM
  • order prednisolone 5mg online - <a href="https://cialisxb.store/">generic cialis online</a> order tadalafil 10mg pill

    Default profile image
    07 May 2022 at 06:54 PM
  • viagra drug - <a href="https://bestusasild.com/">sildenafil pills 200mg</a> sildenafil 100mg sale

    Default profile image
    06 May 2022 at 09:26 AM