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1940s Weekend 2020 | Staffordshire Event | Churnet Valley Railway

1940s Weekend Event 2020 Staffordshire

Staffordshire at War Operation: Shelton Steel 

Join us at the Churnet Valley Railway as we wind the clock back to the 1940’s and bring a flavour of wartime Europe back to life. Transport yourself back to 1944 where the war effort in Staffordshire is in full swing. Shelton Steelworks, a local company continues to produce vast amounts of steel to aid the war effort and enable companies to keep manufacturing aircraft and tanks in preparation for the allied push to recapture Europe. As Shelton Steelworks and the mainline through Stoke-on-Trent receive continual aerial bombardment trains loaded with steel and other critical supplies are being diverted through the Churnet Valley and onwards via Uttoxeter. The surrounding area is also busy with troops travelling to their holding points or deployed on manoeuvre, vehicles and supplies being transported around the country to staging points in preparation and support of the invasion of Europe.

Take a steam train journey along the line to discover what life was like in Britain and occupied Europe during the war. Each station along the line will take on the identity of a different location where there will be a wide variety of interactive attractions along with costumed re-enactors who will be on hand to help tell the wartime story.


Froghall:

Froghall station is the current southern terminus of public rail operations with Military operations within the immediate vicinity of the station itself are winding down after being a key staging area for troops and equipment before deployment overseas. As village life once again begins to return to normal, the Thomas Bolton Copper works site remains busy as it is being used as a storage site for top-secret equipment that is rumored will help the allies win the war - remember careless talk costs lives!

Key attractions at Kingsley & Froghall include:

  • RAF Dambusters display
  • Live music and entertainment throughout the day 
  • Learn how to the Charleston Step, Jitterbug and other popular 1940’s dances in a dance lesson
  • Signal Tearoom serving hot and cold drinks and freshly prepared food including treats and delights that defiantly beat the ration
  • The Spiv BBQ – rumour has it that there will be some black market treats to be enjoyed
  • Allied Troop Inspection 


Consall:

This backwater village has taken on a fun atmosphere of late. Everyone is pulling together to throw on a show for all the village children and the evacuees from the city. Get off the train and join in the fun and games.

Key attractions at Consall include:

  • Children’s games and activities to take part in
  • Model Railway
  • Country park to explore


Cheddleton:

Welcome to occupied Europe! This formerly quaint village has fallen into the hands of a German’s and is currently under occupation. Life for the villagers themselves continues pretty much as normal under the current German rule but The Resistance continues to work with the allies on plans to retake the village.

Key attractions at Cheddleton include:

  • German Camp
  • Live music and entertainment throughout the day
  • Axis re-enactors and displays 
  • Axis Troop Inspections
  • Learn how to the Charleston Step, Jitterbug and other popular 1940’s dances in a dance lesson
  • Der Wurst BBQ – rumour has it that there will be some black market treats to be enjoyed 


Leek Brook Junction Camp:

Leek Brook Junction Camp is currently home to allied forces. They are using the area to undertake various training exercises and battle simulation before embarking on further deployment for the war effort. Part of the training being undertaken by troops also includes treating battle trauma so there is currently a field hospital set up to assist with this training. There are rumours circulating that a VIP will be visiting the Camp at some point in the near future, this VIP would be a great prize should Axis forces capture them – will the visit pass without incident?

Key attractions at Leek Brook Junction Camp include:

  • Allied Forces Encampment
  • Allied Forces Hospital
  • Daily Battle between Allied and Axis forces
  • Captured enemy goods train
  • Allied Forces vehicle and equipment interactive displays
  • NAAFI van serving drinks and refreshments 


Saturday Evening Allo Allo Themed Dining Train (Pre-booking ONLY).

Sit back and relax while you are served a feast of black market delights cooked on board our luxurious dining train. While travelling through the glorious Staffordshire countryside enjoy entertainment provided by René, his wife Edith and a host of other familiar faces.


Polite Notice:

With the event being aimed as a family fun event we do ask that visitors wishing to join in with the weekend’s activities pay respect towards the history of this time period. For this reason, we ask that no one is to wear the dress of the Nazi party including the Swastika or the uniform of the Gestapo or the black Allgemeine SS. Anyone found to be in contravention of this request will be removed from the event without the right of a refund. This extends to anyone who attempts to dress as personnel directly associated with said organisations.

Whilst we appreciate there were two sides to the war we want to ensure that some of the horrors that did occur during this time are not glorified and that consideration is shown towards what was one of the biggest tragedies the world has ever seen.



FAQ's 

What Happens if it rains?

Our trains will still be running and so will the event. This 1940s themed weekend takes place every year and is yet to be cancelled due to the weather. With cover provided at all four stations you will be able to find something to do no matter the weather. 

Is there entertainment? 

We have multiple entertainment options throughout the event. This includes dance lessons, singers, war themed games (Consall Only),troop inspection, weapon demonstrations, daily battle re-enactment and much more.

Can we dress up? 

Yes we actively encourage passengers to wear the correct attire for the period. Our staff and volunteers will also be wearing the appropriate dress for the period in which we hope to recreate. 

Is anything happening in the evening? 

Although the event will have finished for the day we will be holding a Murder Mystery Dining Train which is themed to the popular television series "Allo Allo" 

Where can I get food? 

Both Cheddleton and Froghall Station will have catering facilites open during the event. Each offering hot and cold food and drink thought the weekend. Leek Brook Junction will have a section of catering vehicals set up on the site.

Can my group of 1940's reenactments attend? 

Yes you can. Please contact the office on 01538 360522 or email to enquiries@churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk