We stepped back into the Second World War era but admittedly, we did not suffer any of the hardships people really did back then. It was, in truth, a blissful weekend. All aboard the GWR then.
We stay in the picturesque town of Bewdley but there is much to explore in the area.
The boys wonder whether we should travel by motor car?
Not on your nelly, not when the steam train is an option!
First though, mummy in particular must have her retail fix, no clothes rationing for her.
I must confess that the chance to shop for original vintage clothes and accessories is a highlight of the weekend for me. We see "Vintage and Revival", aka Lyn and Rob, at various '40s events through the year and they always have a fabulous and tempting selection of clothing and accessories. Knowing that they are very knowledgeable about the period, you can safey put yourself in their hands if you want a whole outfit and many people arrive for the weekend and then do just that, emerging from the changing cubicle Mr Benn style!
At Kidderminster station, there is also the fabulous Black Market Shop, stocked by "Panama Hattie". I always find beautiful things here too, particularly hats.
There's also a wonderful WH Smiths newsagents kiosk stocked with original vintage items.
The Munchkin waits patiently!
He finds something to amuse himself in the waiting room which has a fantastic display of railway posters.
The SVR is fortunate to have some really fantastic coaches. This one is from the 1930's and is resplendent in its vintage moquette and all original fittings. Travelling in this sort of coach really enhances the whole experience.
At the end of the line, we find entertainment at Bridgnorth station and an old favourite of ours, the brilliant singer Lola Lamour, belting out '40s tunes.
Hmm, this car goes nicely with my outfit, thinks Hen!
A spot of trouble arises when a spiv is found to be trying to peddle black market goods (I could do with some nylons!) The police soon move him on and we decide to venture further down the line too.
At Kidderminster, there are some fantastic recreations of the period including "2 Railway Cottages".
Every detail is carefully thought of.
The lady of the house is busy in the kitchen making the most of the family's rations, I expect. (Love those curtains at the window.)
The Munchkin is intrigued by the ARP station and in particular, the air raid siren.
Best get into the shelter, Munchkin!
Outside the shelter, the lawn has been given over to growing your own to supplement the rations.
Back onto the steamer because there is much to explore, let's head for Arley, the picturesque country station.
Goodness me, there is much merriment to be found there with singer Kevin Mack boosting morale!
To the strains of "The Lambeth Walk" and other such wartime favourites, some finely turned out ladies really get into the spirit!
What a fabulous weekend, roll on next year, one little fellow certainly can't wait and is missing those steam trains already...