This year the Severn Valley Railway’s popular 1940′s weekend takes place July 6th – 7th 2013. As always there will be an intensive service of trains moving troops andteir families up and down the line as well as Costumed re-enactors and displays. The event will also feature a themed 1940′s show by Stundents of Shrewsbury College, as well as A 1940′s Wedding and a Replica RAF operations room. Unfortunately this year there was a bit of controversy surrounding the re enactors playing King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill, over something which to me seems rather petty, but then I don’ t know the full story
There are also Replica 1940s displays including a typical 1940s house, an allotment, air raid shelters & ARP post as well as many Pre-1945 vehicle displays at most stationson June 29th there will also be a Flypast by aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. There is also an exciting battle re-enactment with pyrotechnics which will also take place at Highley Station, (tHat was really spectacular seeing the Avro Lancaster fly past at low level), there will also be A historic vehicle display of tanks, 40s military vehicles and cars, a full sized Spitfire replica, a land army camp and a conscieintious objectors display. (Spitfire engines make a wonderful noise too)Entertainment wise on June 29th there will be a VE Day Celebration Show at 7.30pm. and 1940s crooner Kevin Mack will be entertaining. The ever-popular Big Band Band-Show “workes Playtime” by the Allen Francis Big Band will be playing at Kidderminster Station . On July 6th there is also a show entitled A Salute to the 1940′s and there will also be entertainment throughout the event which will be provided by The Three Belles, Andrews Sisters Tribute Group, The Beven Boys, threepeice band, Dicky Lines, Lola Lamour and Peter Wayre. There will be many Sales stalls selling 1940s clothing, uniforms and other memorabilia.
Visiting locomotives for this year’s Severn Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala have also been announced as being: Ex. BR standard class ‘Pioneer’, No. 70000 Britannia . Ex SR ‘King Arthur’ class 4-6-0 No. 777 ‘Sir Lamiel’. Ex SR ‘Lord Nelson’ class 4-6-0 No. 850 ‘Lord Nelson’. Ex Metropolitan Railway ‘E’ class 0-4-4 tank locomotive No. 1. Of course given the nature of these vehicles, this could change due to engine failure between now and then.