We planned our visit to the Severn Valley Railway to coincide with a weekend event re-enacting sights and sounds of the 1940s in Britain. Susan and I were born in 1945. Our fathers were flying instructors in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and both men trained some British pilots. The wartime theme sounded interesting.
Our trip back in time began outside the station in Kidderminster, where WWII soldiers and nurses made their way past military jeeps and pre-war civilian vehicles to enter the station. Inside we found guards checking identity papers, newsagents selling wartime magazines and newspapers, a replica air raid shelter, a station cart full of pots and pans being collected for their valuable metals, and lots of memorabilia and signage from the '40s. Almost everyone was wearing a uniform or some other period clothing. We even saw "Winston Churchill" puffing on a big cigar and conferring with high-ranking military brass.
This was one of the few rainy mornings we encountered during our stay in England, but wet weather didn't spoil anyone's fun. The trains were busy all day, hissing and puffing from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth and back with stops in between at Bewdley, Arley, Highly, and Hampton Loade. In the early afternoon, the sun returned and shown in a brilliant bue sky.