During a Sunday afternoon visit to the small town of Bewdley, Worcestershire situated on the River Severn, Frank and I stumbled across a 1940s-themed event along the Severn Valley Railway Line at Bewdley train station. GIs, Tommies, civilians, landgirls and glamorous ladies were out in their glad rags strutting their stuff up and down the platform. How wonderful to be transported back to a simpler time when we didn’t have omnipresent, tyrannical technology at our heels. But I told myself I shouldn’t get too nostalgic; I wouldn’t have enjoyed rationing, air-raid shelters, blackouts or indeed any of the fears and deprivations that ordinary folk endured during WWII.
It was pure escapism though on a very hot day with tunes from a less cynical age such as Mairzy Doats, playing in the background. Old-fashioned trains shunted in and out of the the station without much care for deadlines or timetables; time slowed to a more manageable pace. On the other hand, I was also quite glad it was 2018 because it meant I could take a few snaps with my phone and share them with you. Toodlepip! Until the next blog!
More photos of our train trip in 2014 along the Severn Valley Railway Line.
Fascinating post! We travelled the Bridgnorth to Bewdley line about 25 years ago when we lived in Birmingham and took my mother who, of course, remembered the old steam trains. It was a lovely journey into the past. However, like you, I wouldn’t have appreciated quite so much the privations of wartime England. My mother had some stories to tell about that!
Thanks, for sharing, Vanessa. Frank and I did the Bridgnorth to Kidderminster in 2014 and had dinner as well. A lovely experience 🙂
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