Severn Valley Railway – 1940s!!

Cost: £23 per person

Date: 28/07/2015

Weather: Cloudy at first but damn sunny later on!

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So Severn valley railway had an even on that was a 1940s theme. This had to be done.. I got me parents on board as I know me Mum loves 1940s!

We received a pack via post with Tickets, Itinerary and Identification cards. There were different things going on at different stations so me mum wrote down all the times etc (shes organised like that). We got on our outfits and hit the event

We decided to start at Bridgenorth station so we got there nice n early (about 9:30am)..me Dad was suffering from a skin full the night before but we soon woke him up with a nice cuppa at the station.

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1st Stop – BRIDGENORTH

 

Straight away there were stalls of 1940s stuff. Clothes, boots n memorabilia were here…oh and a classic car. You could see that people were already dressed up in 40s gear which was great. There was a 1940s dj on and lots of old crumblies!

This car was nice and old and had 2 vintage old women sitting in the back which was cool to see.

 

We had a look around for about half hour and then we started to see more people pile into the station here. It was amazing as to how many people made the effort. There were people dressed as policemen, Hitler, Soldiers, NAVY men all sorts.

 

The train then arrived and we boarded it.

The TRAIN

 

The train is the main attraction here. It is a vintage steam train. The carriages are proper old. We opted to go first class as they allowed this. It was the kind of carriages you see in harry potter and old films. You had your own door and could fit around 6 people in per carriage. My mum especially loved this! We looked out the window at all the local 1940s people and it really was like you were transported back in time! Amazing! The toilets on this train are proper vintage too and we noticed how there were cigarette trays built-in everywhere – even the toilets! So authentic!

It then took us to our next station

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2nd Stop – EARDINGTON

 

So this station was smaller than the others however was amazingly like you were in the 1940s. We got off and noticed there were more vintage cars. They were so small and sporty

There were fewer people at this station but it was so good. You would look around and they had placed sandbags in the windows of the buildings, taped up the windows and there were signs everywhere about the evacuation process for air raids.

There was also an air raid controller booth too with a metal helmet next to it – which my Dad had to wear!

There were bunting and also small bombs placed in soil dotted around the place with a sign saying “Exploded bomb” or “live bomb”…little things like these props made it so good and authentic.

 

Now we noticed a sign in the window to the cafe asking you to watch out for a dodgy character called “HONEST LARRY”..it told you to report him to police if you saw him!

 

We stayed here for abit then waited for the train. The train came and took us to the next station.

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3rd Stop – HIGHLEY – Battle of the soldiers

 

As we pulled into this station we straight away saw army tents to the right hand side. We had heard that this was where a battle between English and German was going to happen. We stepped off the train and had a look around. It was clear this was the army section hang out. There were guns, ammo and soldiers everywhere – it was awesome..we even saw Winston Churchill!

Heres all the tents n army stuff

Now on the guide it also stated that this was the station with a BBQ. We could not see or smell this BBQ ANYWHERE? This is one of the things I would change.. I mean if it’s on the itinerary that they send you.. surely there should be signs pointing to where this BBQ was?

Anyways moan over.. we wandered around and went to the Engine museum where it was free entry if you had tickets. We then had to show our Identification cards to get in.

IDENTITIY CARD

Right this is the only other thing id change..basically you opened them up and they were black with fields that needed to be filled in.. now it said “FOR OFFICE USE ONLY – other than signature”.. which made me think.. ok maybe we just sign them and they stamp them…WRONG! You were supposed to fill them in grrrr.

The engine room was cool.. there were lots of old trains there and you could stand in the cockpit of them etc.. we then asked one of the women and asked where this BBQ was.. she said oh its out the back there.. so there was the BBQ!!  It was very thick burgers costing around £3.50 each.. but were so worth it!

We then had a wonder around and just outside the engine room there was a sign stating “please join our tea party”..so we followed it and ended up in this houses garden where they were selling afternoon tea with cakes and sandwiches for £6 for 2 people which is a bargain! unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to spend here as the English vs German attack thing was happening at 1pm and it was now 12:45…

 

The Battle Between English and Germans – Train take over!

So we stood at the side of the engine room where people were crowding around at the end of this bit of grass..we could just about see soldiers getting ready on the grass…. this random guy standing there asked us if we had tickets for the event..we said yea and then he said well you can get into the engine museum and watch it from there with a better view!… we were there earlier and thought shit that’s going to be a better view so we darted inside…stood where the bbq was and sure enough it was right at the back as to where the soldiers were so brill view.

The soldiers were all getting into position next to the train track

We then saw a train in the distance going slow and it was obvious this was the Germans.. the soldiers had planted explosives on the track that when the train went over it, they exploded and stopped it. It was then that everyone started firing at each other.

Now the guns they were using were great replicas of the 1940s so everything from hand guns to Bren guns. They were obviously shooting blanks and some of them sounded amazing and so loud when they went off – especially the Bren Gun!!

 

People would get shot then call medic, people would be diving everywhere and so on. It was a really good reenactment! After a while the English soldiers wont the battle and took over the train and everyone cheered.

It was now time to get on the train to the next stop to see a 1940s wedding!

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4th Stop – ARLEY – The Wedding

 

So this station was rather a pretty one with great views. Again lots of posters everywhere and this time there was a 1940s singer on the platform with 1940s people dancing around him. We were all told stand on the opposite side of the platform where we witnessed a 1940s wedding. This was great fun and looking around at everyone it was so good to see so many people dressed up. The people who were at the wedding also obviously looked the dogz!

My mum found a sign about Land girls so naturally had to have her pic taken next to it as she was today..a LAND GIRL!

Now when we went out the station and then back in, these soldiers stopped up asking to look at ID cards. Since we hadn’t filled them in they said this speal about being able to arrest you etc..however let us through eventually (again confusion not knowing if we had to fill these out ourselves – grrr).

We then caught the train to the next station…

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5th Stop – BEWDLEY 

 

Now Bewdley is my favourite station as its so vintage and I love the props there. They have an old-fashioned toilet, suitcases and all sorts.

We also witnessed a villain get arrested as he tried to sell counter fit goods to a little kid – haha.. that was cool to see.

Now this station had a few more stalls just outside the stand..the major one was a Compton Hospice one. This store was epic. There was so much 1940s gear in here at dirt cheap prices! There were braces for £2.50, and also lots of flat caps for £2.50!!! I had to get one! I also loved the Navy jackets etc but they were around the £50 mark but still thats a bargain as to how vintage they looked!

We had a bounty here and then bopsed right onto the train to go to the final stop that was Kidderminster!!

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6th Stop – Kidderminster – Closing Ceremony 

 

This station had lots of Air raid shelters in it. It was interesting to go inside and see how they were all laid out.

Now this station was going to have the closing ceremony so we bopsed outside and waited.

We heard bagpipes followed by old soldiers with flags. This ceremony was really good. They lowered the British flag, paid their repects to the soldiers that died at war and then they handed the British flag to an old veteran sitting at the side.

After the speak the bagpipes started and walked off – this officially ended the ceremony and everyone clapped! Brilliant!

We then got on the train and on the way back a lady asked if wanted anything to drink.. Since it was the end I suggest all 3 of us have an ale..the lady told us that there was a Golden Jubilee special edition Ale being sold so naturally we tried that one.

It was nice…lounging back in the sit on my train taking in the brilliant scenery (as it was sunny as hell now).,..with an ale in one hand was a great way to end this event…and tiring for some 🙂

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Conclusion

 

This event was epic in my opinion. I really enjoyed it and so did my parents. They went through so much effort here to make it look 1940s and did a superb job. Im already planning what im wearing next year!

It was so interesting looking around at everyone and seeing what they had come as. I mean one guy I saw had a moustache and was dressed as a french soldier and was carrying a folder saying “TOP SECRET” around with him Little things like this proved how much people paid attention to detail. These were not costumes bought for £20 off ebay..they had really gone to town! I think its safe to say everyone looked different.

I would deffo recommend this event to everyone. They even had an event named “BIG BAND” on one of the nights that you could pay extra for.. this would also be good to attend. Great day and fantastic effort people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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