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"Southern at War" The Bluebell Railway
Review

Steam,Soldiers and swing....

One of my favourite events of the year on the Bluebell Railway,combining Steam trains, re-enactors and the authentic settings of the various stations on the line...

 

Horsted Keynes Station was the temporary barracks of the "Sussex Home Guard" for the weekend..With displays of bayonet training,Drill and setting up and firing of their trusty Vicker's machine gun...along with the more important duties of guarding the line and trains themselves..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was plenty of music from the war years to set the scene and to get everyone

"In the mood" ...

 Rose Lancaster,  Vintage Vocalist was performing at East Grinstead , The Perdido Players Swing Band ,The Bluebell Band & Concert Party Shows at Sheffield Park Station...and also back to entertain the troops for another year were "Sweetheart Swing" for the Saturday evening tea dance at the Bessemer Arm's and and also for the fly past at Horsted Keynes on the Sunday...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stations and trains were filled with characters from every walk of life...Officers in uniform ,the "Spiv" selling dodgy watches ,military personnel and ordinary people going about there daily life ...Great photo importunities at every turn with the images looking as if they were taken back in the day....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the Bluebell Railway and future events please check out our Transport and Event pages....If you wish to go direct,follow the link to their website below...

 

                                             www.bluebell-railway.co.uk

 

To see where "Sweetheart Swing" are performing next we have listed their website below..

 

                                             www.sweetheartswing.co.uk

 

 

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