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On 24th January 1859 the first train travelled through Liss station from London to Havant. A dispute between railway companies prevented London train reaching Portsmouth until 1st June 1859. The London to Portsmouth line was made into a double line in 1978 and then electrified in 1937.

Liss station building was constructed in 1975 and replaced the original station building, which had been suffering severe structural issues from the late1960s.

A military railway line had been developing at Bordon and Longmoor since the early 1900s. Known as the Woolmer Instructional Military Railway it was extended to Liss in 1933 where the platform was adjacent to the mainline. The name changed to the Longmoor Military Railway in 1935 and a connection to the mainline at Liss was made in 1942 as part of D-Day preparations. The line continued after WW2 but eventually closed in 1969.

The railway was used as a film set for many movies including “The Young Winston”, and “The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery” which was released in 1966. Extras on the St Trinian’s train were from a convent school at Alton. In the final railway scene where the girls ‘return’ the money the British Railways station at Liss can be seen in the background.

A final open day on the military railway was held on Saturday July 5, 1969 when and estimated 12,500 people attended and some 17,500 train rides took place.

From a train man!
The film St Trinian’s Train Robbery is correct as you have described it the part of the Liss station is also correct the part of the film where the Robbers get caught by the Police at the end is called Pudham which is the Liss station part of the L.M.R I was lucky enough to of grown up in the 1970s when David Shepherd took over the line from Liss to Liss forest about a mile. The film Young Winston was also filmed on this part of the line as Simon Ward (actor) as You Winston is hiding in a wagon from being captured, in the film he comes out from beneath some tarpaulin and punches the air as the train, departs Liss forest Station over the level crossing towards Liss the Steam loco used in the film was 9f Loco no 9220 Black Prince owned by David Shepherd a 2-10-0 wheel arrangement Black Prince was done up to look like a South African Train No 220 during the Boer war,  I’m sure Colombia Pictures and Sir Richard Attenborough enjoyed their time at Liss as I did as a young lad watching it being made when not at school , I also used help do things on the railway for David Shepherd as in those days you could, just a note the Liss Model Rail Group has a Railway layout in Liss Station when open for people to see what it looked like with a model trains oo gauge trains running which is maintained by us with thanks to South Western Railway and Network Rail too there was also several other films made as follows The Lady Vanishes in 1938 with Margaret Lockwood , Micheal Redgrave also 1949 The Interrupted Journey Valerie Hobson also 1950 The Happiest Days of Your Life Alistair Sim , Margaret Rutherford , 1952 Top Secret George Cole , 1955 Bhowani Junction with Stewart Granger and Ava Gardner 1958 The Inn of The Sixth Happiness with Ingrid Bergman 1964 The Runaway Railway with Ronnie Barker , Graham Stark 1965 The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery Frankie Howard , Reg Varney ,Goerge Cole ,Dora Bryan ,1967 The Magnificent Two Eric Morecambe & Ernie Wise , 1972 Young Winston, Simon Ward, Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft which was the last film made before David Shepherd had to move out of Liss and moved to Cranmore in Somerset,

Liss is one of the gateways to the South Downs National Park – there are plenty of places to enjoy either on foot or by bike.

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Monday to Friday – 06:20 to 12:00
Saturday – 08:00 to 12:00
Sunday – CLOSED

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Car Parking: 40 spaces
Cycle Parking: 22 spaces
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