After seven years of meticulous research and painstaking effort, a miniature version of Rowlands Castle Railway is open to the public at Stansted House.
The fully-functioning railway depicts the village during World War II, showing tiny trucks, army tents and trains in astonishing detail, alongside villagers reading the paper, digging their allotments and hanging washing on the line.
The area around Rowlands Castle was one of five main marshalling areas for troops assembling and preparing to leave for the beaches of Normandy. Around the edges of the track, mini soldiers can be seen relaxing outside their tents, preparing ammunition or buying eggs at the post office.
Peter Goss joined members of the Rowlands Castle Association to reconstruct the incredible replica before it went to its new home at Stansted House, where it takes up most of one of the ground floor rooms.
The railway will remain on display here for the whole of the season, after Rowlands Castle Heritage Centre raised the funds to buy it from creator Peter Goss.
Members of the public are able to view the railway during regular House opening free of charge, normal entry fee applies to view the rest of the house. Please report to the reception desk on arrival.
House opens Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed. 1pm - 5pm (last admission 4pm)
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