The event is now open at our Dereham and Wymondham Stations.
We have vehicles and stalls at Dereham and Wymondham, with food and drinks available at the main stations.
Displays are at Yaxham and Hardingham stations too, so do take your time to enjoy.
Reenacting groups and Characters
There will be groups of reenactors with displays based at our stations.
Lots of historical characters will be present, please do ask them questions and find out about life during the war.
‘Sign on the Line’ is a Living History snapshot of a WLA recruitment drive in 1943 when entry into the Women’s Land Army was at its peak, resulting in a membership standing at some 80,000 members.
You are invited to watch the work of the ladies of the Women’s Land Army (Mid Norfolk Committee) who were the driving force behind the deployment of all land girls in the County during and after the Second World War.
Wymondham Abbey Halt is prepared for the arrival of potential recruits for the sign-up process for all young women who wish to join the WLA, and where new members can present their call up papers to collect their initial supply, prior to travelling on to their first posting to the nearby training farms where they will receive their initial instruction.
This takes place at Dereham station each day, and is one of the highlights of the weekend, (do be aware that there are large bangs and explosions during this event.)
Live firepower demonstration
There will be a demonstration of Weapons used during the war on platform 1
Family at War Re enactment Group
Family at War are an interactive re enactment group portraying life on the
home front during the Second World War. This comprises the many roles of
both men and women who were left at home. For men too old to serve in the
armed forces or those in reserved occupations they contributed to the war
effort by joining services such as the home guard or taking on secret roles
such radio interception - listening to morse code messages and sending them on to Bletchley park.
Women meanwhile kept the home fires burning, raised the children, and took
on numerous roles to keep the nation running - leading to them being dubbed
domestic soldiers. This included volunteering for the WVS, Red Cross, and
completing war work as part of the Women's Institute. In reality civilians were working 24/7, as these roles were carried out after finishing work and whilst
trying to avoid bombs. You were never off duty!
Our displays give a feel for what this multitude of change and increase in
work would have been like in everyday homes. Using a combination of
original artefacts and replica items, we can explain the impact the war was
having on daily life. This is enhanced as we give you the opportunity to taste
a piece of history with our food and drink samples made from recipes of the
time, and witness a cooking demonstration using Ministry of Food guideline
At Wymondham we have lots of displays in the field, including front line, home front and Military Vehicles.
The Family at War display will be doing cooking demonstrations at 1230hrs
Watchout for the Norfolk Regiment living history group, and also a unique display on the police service during the war.
Elmtree beers are providing a beer tent and there will be dancing and music throughout the weekend.
Food and trade stalls will be at Wymondham for you to enjoy.
Ticket Prices - 2019
Rover tickets - valid all day on all trains
Family (up to 2 adults 3 children)
Child (aged 5 to 15)
Child (aged under 5)
Concession (Over 60s or Disabled)
Members of the Mid-Norfolk Railway
Platform tickets - not valid for travel
Train Timetable for 2019
A Weekend back in time.
We hope you enjoy the weekend, please do follow us on our facebook page (Mid Norfolk Railway - Railway at war 1940s weekend).
Contact us if you would like to provide a display or bring a vehicle.
Event details are listed here.
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