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24th & 25th September 2011

5374 Vanguard
№ 5374 "Vanguard" at Pitsford & Brampton station. Info Icon
Home Guard
Members of the Pitsford Home Guard. Info Icon
Spitfire and Hurricane
Spitfire and Hurricane flypast. Info Icon

We invite you to visit for our seventh Railway at War event at Chapel Brampton as we travel back in time to 1940s wartime Britain. The Railways played a very important part in World War II and the Railway at War event remembers the courage, hardships and endurance of our parents, grandparents and even great grandparents on the Home Front.

In particular this year we remember those who fought and died in the Battle of Britain in 1940. Some of our re-enactors will be dressed as RAF service personnel in honour of those who served.

Members of the general public are encouraged to attend the event in period dress and many of our visitors wear 1940s civilian clothing or military uniform. Don't forget to bring your gas mask!

The Local Defence Volunteers, later the Home Guard, were formed on 14th May 1940 following a wireless broadcast by the Minister of War, Anthony Eden. The local platoon will be carrying out documentation and identity checks on visitors, together with searches for enemy invaders. They will also be mounting a regular guard on the vehicles and munitions stored at the station.

Local schools will be encouraged to bring parties of children dressed as evacuees during the weekend to experience a little glimpse of life in the 1940s. Live 1940s music will add to the atmosphere and there will be a Saturday evening dance featuring The Rutland Big Band and swing DJ, "JP" (see below for details).

Our Real Ale bar will be open from Friday evening and our catering facilities will be open throughout the weekend. Why not forget rationing and come along to sample some good wholesome food. "Dodgy Dave", our local Spiv, will certainly be making the most of it!

There will be a number of civilian and military vintage vehicles on site during the event. There will also be several displays by re-enactor groups and exhibitors which take place throughout the weekend.

Opening Times

10:00 — 17:00, last admission 16:00

Admission Prices

Prices have not yet been confirmed by the event organiser. 2010 prices shown for information only.


The Railway will run to the Peak Timetable (please note that train times may be subject to alteration due to Wartime contingencies and troop train movements). Departures are due at the following times:

11:00  11:45  12:30  13:30  14:15  15:00  15:45.


Railway at War is a two-day event (Saturday and Sunday), with camping available for traders, exhibitors, re-enactors and vehicle owners on the Friday and Saturday night. For a trade booking form and all enquiries please e-mail Send e-mail to railwayatwar@btinternet.com.

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Railway at War Gallery 2004 Railway at War Gallery 2005 Railway at War Gallery 2006
Railway at War Gallery 2007 Railway at War Gallery 2008 Railway at War Gallery 2009