The latest intelligence is in, dark times lay ahead. Allied troops are preparing to embark on the train at Spring Village and head for the battlefront to bolster the landings at Normandy.
German Occupied Normandy, Lawley Lines. Intelligence sources indicate that a German Intelligence Operative is to collect a secret package from a forward observation post. The Allies need to find the Operative and take them prisoner. The outcome of the War hangs in the balance.
Cote du Horsehay & Dawley, a liberated part of France. The Resistance, with support from the Allies, are aware that the Operative may be in the area. They must catch them at all costs, they cannot escape.
Intrigue, espionage, chases, gun battles, tension, drama; all will be played out on the day and you can help. The Resistance are understaffed, the Allies spread too thin. Where can they look for help to locate and capture the Operative? Are you ready to do your bit for the War effort? Can you make a difference? The TSR and the Allies need you!
The Telford Steam Railway is to hold a 1940s themed day on Sun 30th Aug, 2015, encompassing Spring Village, Lawley and Horsehay & Dawley. Various WW2 impressions and re-enactments will be held throughout the day to include Operation Jedburgh, German military lines, French Resistance and British military/civilian scenarios. Along with the re-enactments there will be vintage vehicle displays, craft and trade stalls, face painting, a 40’s singer Kevin ‘The Crooner’ Mac and a 1940’s catering menu (but not 1940’s prices). Though we have arrangements in place using official re-enactors for the event people are encouraged to attend in period costume and for everyone that does they will be entitled to a free drink in our Tearoom. This is our very first 1940’s themed day and we hope you’ll come along and support us and if you feel that you can actively contribute towards the day then we would love to hear from you.
Please be aware that various scenarioes and set pieces will be carried out at random on the day and can happen at any location, on a station or on the train. Please do not be alarmed if you suddenly see a scuffle break out or an incident unfold. It is all part of the day and you should just step back and watch what unfolds and do not get involved. Or you may find yourself being treated as a sympathiser and shipped off to the Outer Hebrides!
Telford Steam Railway Supports Help For Heroes
The Telford Steam Railway are proud to support ‘Help for Heroes’ as the railway’s nominated event charity. There will be a stand present on the day so please donate generously for a very worthy cause and one that is very close to the hearts of a lot of our volunteers.
Pricing & Tickets
Because of the nature of the event and the anticipated popularity a special pricing structure will be in place on the day. All tickets are valid for one return trip on our standard gauge train with unlimited rides on our narrow gauge steam tram and free admission to the model railway exhibition. Family tickets are available on the day and are great value. Group tickets are also available upon request, please contact the Commercial Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have to advise that we only have a very limited number of wheelchair spaces on our trains and these spaces are sold strictly on a first come frst served basis.
Prices on the day are Adults £6, Seniors £5, Children £4 and Family tickets (2+2) £15. Group discounts are available on request. The first departure of the day is 11am and hourly thereafter from Spring Village with the last departure at 5pm. Restrictions on the day apply to TSR members who will only be able to claim one free return trip on production of a valid membership. For further details please contact the Commercial Director.
Further details will appear here in due course and we strongly advise you to check our website closer to the event before travelling.
Parking & How to Get Here
There is car parking on the day but this is limited. The car parks at the railway are reserved for disability and motability vehicles displaying blue badges who should use the postcode of TF4 2NF for sat-nav. However, further car parking has been kindly provided by the ‘Fitness Factory‘, Bridges Business Park, Horsehay. Please follow the signs on the day or for those using sat-nav please use the postcode of TF4 3EE. If there is a group of you planning on attending then please consider car sharing like all of our working volunteers are doing. We have a very good relationship with our neighbours and we ask people to respect them by not parking on private driveways or by obstructing local roads. We would like to thank West Mercia Police for providing officers on the day to assist with the event.
There will also be a qualified First Aider in attendance who will be located in the command bunker located in the Spring Village car park. The command bunker is also the information focal point, WVS tea stand and the lost child focal point.
There are still spaces available for traders and if you feel that you have a stall that would suit the event then please get in touch.
If you require further information then please contact either of the team of Mark Paynter – Commercial Director, John Casey – Re-enactment Co-ordinator or Jacky McCusker – Catering & Events Manager.
The Telford Steam Railway reserves the right to amend or cancel the event at short notice due to operational reasons.