GWR Steam Railway 1940s Weekend

STEAM train enthusiasts and nostalgia fans took a step back in time to the 1940s as the Gloucestershire Warwickshire railway transported visitors back more than 70 years, when it held its wartime weekend at the beginning of May 2014.

The sights and sounds that people around Cheltenham and Toddington would have seen and heard during the 1939-45 conflict were available; there was a genuine Sherman tank at Toddington station There were displays on wartime on the railways in Gloucestershire at Winchcombe Station and an RAF operations room was opened at Toddington station.

Visitors were encouraged to don appropriately nostalgic dress, whether it be khaki or a demob suit, or a tea-dress and 1940s curled hair. Some might even use gravy browning and eyeliner pencil on their legs to simulate stockings which were in short supply.

The train service included several steam trains as well as a diesel car set and was busy all weekend with enthusiasts.

For more information about future themed events visit the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway website.

To see a full set of images from this event visit my Flickr feed

Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts is an experienced Media, PR, Communications and imaging professional, based in South Warwickshire/North Cotswolds. He specialises in communications, social media, PR and imaging working with both commercial clients and local groups, working with them to maximise their publicity and visibility.He comes with extensive experience in the corporate, public sector and not for profit areas, where he managing their social media and communications campaigns and channels. He spent 10 years (2004 – 2014) working as a UK Motor racing media professional, working with clients for their social media, press releases and newspaper articles, which were supplied with my images. I was fully accredited in the UK for championships such as Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and British F3/GT championships. I also worked in Europe on the FIA GT championships at Spa Francorchamps (Belgium) and Monza (Italy).

2 thoughts on “GWR Steam Railway 1940s Weekend

  • 20th January 2016 at 3:38 pm

    any camping so we can stay the two nights at 1940’s weekend in April 2016??

    • 24th January 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Carol – Looking on the GWR Steam Railway website, there is camping offered but only to reenactment participants.

      Probably best to give them a ring on 01242 621405 or email for any other options.

      Thanks for reading my blog and if you go (and you will have a great time) enjoy yourself.



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