Severn Valley Railway to step back in time to 1940s

We’ll meet again: American GIs on the platform at the Severn Valley Railway.

We’ll meet again: American GIs on the platform at the Severn Valley Railway.

First published in Local

THE Severn Valley Railway is being transported back in time for two weekends of wartime nostalgia.

The railway’s Step Back to the 1940s events are being held this Saturday and Sunday and next Saturday and Sunday  featuring displays, concerts and a convoy through the streets of Wyre Forest.

Passers-by are needed to cheer on the historic cars, motorcycles and military vehicles travelling between Kidderminster and Highley stations, carrying familiar faces such as ‘King George VI’, ‘Sir Winston Churchill’ and ‘General Montgomery’.

The convoy will leave Kidderminster Station at 11.40am on both days this weekend and next, heading down Comberton Hill and on to the Stourport Road towards The Black Boy pub at Bewdley.

It will stop between noon and 12.30pm at pub for people to meet ‘Churchill’ and ‘Monty’.

It will then travel through Bewdley town centre to Button Oak at 12.45pm, through Kinlet at 12.45pm before arriving at Highley Station just before 1pm.

Clare Gibbard, Severn Valley Railway’s marketing and communications manager, said: “With its sheer variety of period vehicles and famous faces from the past, the convoy should be a real sight to behold and we are hoping that people can join us and help to get into the spirit of things.”

Severn Valley Railway will be filled with historical re-enactors, entertainers, displays and live action alongside its timetable of steam train services.

There will also be a re-enactment of a battle between allied troops and German soldiers, a firepower demonstration, General Montgomery’s camp, Red Cross demonstration, a period barber, replica 1940s home and a wedding.

Evening VE Day celebration concerts will also take place on Saturday and next Saturday at Kidderminster station featuring a firework display and period acts.

For more information visit svr.co.uk

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