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Every journey ends with a memory.

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 - don't forget to dress up!

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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.

Your tickets permit 'Freedom of the Line' travel, so you can visit each station and their attractions and gain entry to The Engine House Visitor Centre on the day of your choice.

Attractions include:

  • Winston Churchill & King George VI in attendance
  • Musical entertainment up and down the line, including Britain's Got Talent finalists the D Day Darlings!
  • Costumed re-enactors
  • Beware of the Spivs!
  • Intensive steam train service
  • Flypasts on each day, including a Dakota, Hurricane, Spitfire and Lancaster (subject to availability).


  • Have a boogie to the D-Day Darlings (as seen on Britain's Got Talent) who will be performing throughout the day
  • Visit our Hairdresser to get your 'Victory Rolls' spruced up
  • Free vintage bus rides and vintage vehicle displays
  • Wave the evacuees off at 9.30am, as they head into the countryside to safety on the 10.35am service
  • Exhilarating firefighting reenactment at 4pm each day, and a display of firefighting vehicles, courtesy of NFS & AFS Vehicles Group
  • Visit the 1940s house and shop display at Kidderminster - ration books at the ready!
  • Contingent of LDV Members (the forerunners of the later created Home Guard)
  • Vintage clothing stalls
  • See the 'Royal Engineers Memorial Locomotive' on display - 8F No 48773, appearing in War Department livery as No. 307.
  • Air Raid Shelter
  • ARP Post
  • Tobacconist
  • Closing ceremonies at 4.45pm on both Sundays.
  • Spend time in the fascinating Museum of Railway Memorabilia and learn ‘hands-on’ how to operate traditional signals


  • 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 its full schedule, this will be with us on June 30th and July 1st ONLY - make sure you visit to get a photo with this fantastic piece of engineering.
  • Vintage stall selling clothing and memorabilia.
  • Licensed buffet.
  • WWI and WWII Medical Dressing Stations housing the Royal Army Medical Corps Advanced Dressing Station.
  • Vintage caravan and vehicle display
  • Weapons display
  • Homeguard demonstration drill
  • HomeFires display with ARP Post and Bomb Disposal Demonstration on June 30th & July 1st only.
  • View our reclaimed original Anderson Air Raid Shelter dug in to the garden behind Platform 2
  • Become the ‘guests’ at two wartime weddings on the platform on all dates at 11.15am and 2.15pm. 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.
  • 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. Commemorative ceremonies taking place at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm each day*.
*Preceding the weddings at Arley this year there will be a commemorative event at the Cavell Van to mark to ending of WWI, 100 years ago. Whilst the Severn Valley Railway event is, as always, primarily an event to recall the Home Front atmosphere during World War II and the majority of our reenactors will be dressed for this period, there will be soldiers in WWI uniform at this commemoration. The Cavell Van is so named because it is the wagon that brought back the body of Nurse Edith Cavell from the battlefields of Belgium where she nursed the wounded of both sides and who was ultimately captured and executed by the enemy for assisting the escape of 200 prisoners of war.

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 with the amazing Hattie Bee singing morale boosting songs
  • Lineside Troop Encampment

Hampton Loade

  • Paddock Miniature Railway
  • Watch the Home Guard unit as they carry out target and bayonet practice, as well as grenade throwing practice, as their part of defending the Home Front.
  • Display and demonstrations of all the equipment carried by foot-soldiers in WWII by the Royal Warwickshire Reenactment Group
  • Classic vehicles from the period will be on display, as well as motorcycles.
  • See the Evacuees arrive safely into the countryside at 11.30am.
  • Meet the King, Winston Churchill and Monty as they pause here from 11.30am to 12.30pm.


  • CAMRA award-winning pub right on the platform and full of atmosphere.  A great range of beers including Bathams, Hobsons and Bewdley Brewery, with some great ciders and lagers too. It's a great place to meet, and the bar serves a range of pub snacks.
  • Whilst 1940s music provides the entertainment, you can wander around interesting vehicles from the period, including a wartime military ambulance, an Austin and a Triumph, and browse our display about the history of RAF Bridgnorth.
  • More information coming soon.

Big Band Shows - June 30th & July 7th

Our 'Big Band Show' features a fantastic jazz orchestra alongside special guests, including Britain's Got Talent finalists the D Day Darlings, 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 Refreshment Room.

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).

Big Band Show: Book

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

Entry to our Stations during the event can only be guaranteed with a valid Step Back to the 1940s rover ticket. For those without tickets, entry to Kidderminster Station will be available for £4 per person. 

For this event, the usual 1st class supplements are not in use and all passengers can occupy any First class seats.

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.
Terms & Conditions apply.
Working Members of other heritage railways in our Reciprocal Travel Scheme pay the SVR member fare. 

There are NO DISCOUNTS available to passengers who dress up for the event, or to reenactors who have not applied in advance.
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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