War on the Line Weekend – Alton and Medstead & Four Marks – Episode 1

Every summer the Watercress Line recreates the atmosphere of the early 1940s with the War on the Line weekend where there are different themes at each of it’s stations. In this episode we visit platform 3 at Alton station – the interchange between the Watercress Line and the national rail network – where we meet the singer entertaining the passengers and then we board the train to travel down the line (but for the steam engine it is uphill all the way!) to Medstead and Four Marks station to see the activities taking place there.

At Medstead and Four Marks I meet a family who appear to be engaged in some illicit sales activities, we visit the RAF plotting centre where they’re keeping tabs on the aircraft in the skies above, we participate in the Church Parade and visit the shop that has moved into the waiting room on the ‘down’ platform after being bombed out of their premises in town.

I also talk to Sheila Love, the organiser of the event and Colin Fuller who has been involved in War on the Line for many years.

Click on a photograph to open the gallery.

In part 2, to be published mid October, we will visit Ropley and Alresford stations and hear more from Sheila Love about organising the event.

My thanks to all the passengers, reenactors, volunteers and staff on the Watercress Line for making this possible.

To visit the Watercress Line website please follow this link Watercress Line

Full size copies of the photographs taken by MrT are available from FlickrFacebook and some through Instagram.

The music ‘Steam Railway’ used in this podcast is licensed from AKM Music.

© The MrT Podcast Studio 2018

Author: Tim D

In the early 1970s Mr Timothy & his Phonograph was a popular mobile disco around Leeds University and Tim was known as MrT. Tim also spent 9 years broadcasting a weekly programme on Hospital Radio in Wakefield. He worked for more than 40 years for large industrial organisations and spent his last 15 years in global commercial management roles. Following retirement he started making podcasts in 2017.