A THROWBACK 40s weekend went full steam ahead at the Severn Valley Railway, attracting visitors to step back into a sunny past.

The event will return this weekend (Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8) and will see railway stations fill with colour, period costumes and wartime charm after the first instalment delighted guests along the 16-mile line.

Britain’s Got Talent finalists the D-Day Darlings, impressed crowds at Kidderminster as well as the Big Band on Saturday night.

Guests were also amazed by dynamic re-enactments, including a battle at Highly, and a dramatic fire-fighting display at Kidderminster.

Also, to mark the centenary of the end of WW1, the historic Cavell van, a vehicle used to bring home the body of nurse Edith Cavell, as well as the ‘Unknown Warrior, was on display at Arley, and visitors could get up close to a mk X1 Spitfire replica.

Passengers travelled with historical celebrities including Sir Winston Churchill and King George VI.

Paul Bowler, Chairman of event organisers, the 1940s Committee, said: “We were delighted with how the first event went – the sun shone, the platforms were buzzing and there was a wonderful atmosphere throughout.

“It was fantastic to see so many people dressing-up in period costume and enjoying themselves - you really could be forgiven for thinking you had been transported back in time.

“We are thoroughly looking forward to this weekend’s event and hope that just as many - if not more people come along to experience it for themselves.”

Wristbands for the Big Band concerts cost £12 each are available to purchase at svr.co.uk.