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Step Back to the 1940s

Journey back in time with music, re-enactors and displays

June 30th & July 1st, July 7th & 8th

Step Back to the 1940s

We turn the clocks back to the 1940s with this light-hearted journey back to wartime Britain.

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With a fantastic selection of daytime attractions up and down the line, get dressed up and join in with the celebrations with costumed re-enactors on our stations and in our trains helping to tell the wartime story! The return of the Battle, Big Band Show and a whole host of other much-loved attractions will keep you entertained.

Attractions include:

  • Winston Churchill & King George VI in attendance
  • Musical entertainment up and down the line
  • Costumed re-enactors
  • Beware of the Spivs!
  • Intensive steam train service


  • Visit our Hairdresser to get your 'Victory Rolls' spruced up
  • Free Vintage Bus Rides
  • Exhilarating firefighting reenactment and a display of firefighting vehicles, courtesy of NFS & AFS Vehicles Group
  • Shop display at Kidderminster- ration books at the ready!
  • Vintage clothing stalls
  • Air Raid Shelter
  • ARP Post
  • Vintage vehicles on display
  • Tobacconist
  • Wave the evacuees off, as they head into the countryside to safety.
  • Closing ceremonies
  • Spend time in the fascinating Museum of Railway Memorabilia, learn ‘hands-on’ how to operate traditional signals, and enjoy freshly made soups and sandwiches.


  • Vintage vehicle display
  • To mark the 100th anniversary of the creation of the RAF, visit the replica of the Mk X1 Spitfire flown by the famous James Edgar 'Johnnie' Johnson - the highest scoring RAF pilot to survive the war. Wear the uniform supplied by the owners and have your photo taken beside this iconic fighter. Due to it's full schedule, this will be with us on June 30th and July 1st ONLY.
  • Vintage stall selling clothing and memorabilia.
  • Licensed buffet.
  • Hospital train housing the Royal Army Medical Corps Advanced Dressing Station.
  • To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, visit the historically significant Edith Cavell Van - the wagon that in 1919 brought back the body of Nurse Edith Cavell from Belgium where she had helped 200 POW's escape before she was caught and executed. In 1920 the same wagon brought back the body of the 'Unknown Warrior' prior to a funeral at Westminster Abbey representing the many who died without identification.
  • Vintage caravan and vehicle display
  • Become the ‘guests’ at a wartime wedding on the platform on all dates. Have you packed your confetti?
  • Our resident singer Kevin Mack, the ‘1940s Crooner’, will be transporting you back to the 1940s with his repertoire of catchy and nostalgic numbers as the trains steam by.
  • Licensed refreshment room.

Highley & The Engine House

  • The Battle returns: it's two days after the Normandy Invasion, and a German Troop train is about to be attacked by Allied Paratroopers and members of the French Resistance…rest assured this will be an explosive encounter that you won’t want to miss.
  • Vintage Marketplace in The Engine House with vintage civilian clothing, vintage uniforms, homewares and vintage prints
  • Display of military vehicles adjacent to the signal box and the Allied’s Encampment next to the station.
  • Visit King George VI's Royal Saloon
  • Live entertainment 

Hampton Loade

  • Paddock Miniature Railway
  • Watch the Home Guard unit as they carry out target and bayonet practice as their part of defending the Home Front.
  • Classic vehicles from the period will be on display, as well as motorcycles.


  • Enterainment provided by the D-Day Darlings each morning and early afternoon.
  • Visitors can witness the arrival of evacuees into the safety of their temporary homes in the country.

Big Band Shows - June 30th & July 7th

Our 'Big Band Show' features a fantastic jazz orchestra alongside special guests playing tunes from the 1940s.

A big favourite for many, the evenings are sure to get you singing along and getting those feet tapping during our party on the platform! They'll even be a selection of patriotic flag waving numbers which you know you can't resist...

Real ale will be served in the King & Castle, with hot food available from the Valley Suite.

The night is sure to go out with a air-raid is looming!
The show begins at 7.30pm. These shows are ticketed events. You will need to purchase wristbands if you wish to attend (daytime travel tickets not valid).

All attractions are subject to availability. More information to follow.

Revised fares
One-day rover
Pre-book & save
£24.30 £17.50
On the day
Two-day rover

Pre-book & save
On the day
Three-day rover        
Pre-book & save £56.70 £53.10 £38.30 £163.30
On the day £63.00 £59.00 £42.50 £181.50
Four-day rover        
Pre-book & save £72.00 £67.50 £48.70 £208.00
On the day £80.00 £75.00 £54.00 £231.00
Big Band Show only

Pre-book & save £12.00 £12.00 £12.00 -
Evening train on Saturdays
from and to Bridgnorth
Other information
Annual Family Pass: NOT VALID, Children: 4 - 15 years, Family: 2 adults + 2, 3 or 4 children, Seniors: 60+.
To qualify for 'pre-book & save' prices these tickets must be purchased at least five working days in advance of your visit. Tickets may also be purchased at the same price by calling 01562 757900 (option 1). These tickets include FREE admission to The Engine House, our Visitor Centre at Highley.

All pre-booked tickets are subject to a £1.75 booking fee.
Through tickets to Bridgnorth from National Rail will need to be upgraded at our Booking Offices on payment of the surcharge.
The following passes are NOT VALID during the event: Heritage Railway Passes, Staff Passes from BR, LT, Network Rail and Train Operating Companies such as Virgin Trains and Chiltern Railways, SVR Free ticket vouchers for Adult, Child or Family tickets or any discount schemes normally in operation. 
Working Members of other heritage railways in our Reciprocal Travel Scheme pay the SVR member fare. 

The Evening 1940s Big Band Show takes place at Kidderminster on June 30th & July 7th at 7.30pm; a separate charge applies, and tickets (wristbands) for this show MUST be purchased if you wish to attend, whether you have a daytime travel ticket or not. Admission to Kidderminster Station and the Evening Shows will not be permitted without a wristband after 7.00pm. A travel-only ticket for the Band Show train from Bridgnorth on the Saturday evenings is available in addition to the Show wristband for anyone who does NOT have a daytime travel ticket, but would like to travel from Bridgnorth for the show. The train departs from Bridgnorth at 6.35pm These tickets are available from Bridgnorth Booking Office on the day (not available in advance). Please note, this train is only available for passengers with a Band Show wristband.


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