Step Back to the 1940s - The Ticket Office - Severn Valley Railway
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Step Back to the 1940s

June 26th-27th, July 3rd-4th

We'll meet again - our popular 40's event returns!

Step Back to the 1940s

After a two-year gap because of  the cancellation of 2020’s event, we’ll meet again in 2021 for Step Back to the 1940s.

Tickets available now!  How we're making your visit safe

Don your gladrags, pull on your dancing shoes, button-up your suit and transport yourself back to the ‘Flyin’ Forties’ – there’s plenty to get you ‘In The Mood’.

Thrown into the midst of the Second World War home-front, every mile of the Railway will burst into life with weddings, comedy shows, music, parties, dances, army training camps and an illicit black market deal or two happening at every single station.

Keep an eye out for our outstanding re-enactors across the line, including Winston Churchill himself – they’ll have a surprise or two for you.

WE NEED YOU to get your tickets, dress up in style, coiffeur your hair and Step Back to the 1940s on the Severn Valley Railway.

What will happen each day?

  • The fun begins the moment you arrive at your starting station - either Kidderminster or Bridgnorth. Grab your wristbands and step into a 1940s world.
  • You’ll have time to experience your starting station, grab your rations for the day, pick up a drink (or two!) before getting into your private compartment or sitting at your socially-distanced table.
  • The train will visit each site (excluding Hampton Loade) where you’ll  have the chance to experience the sounds, sights, smells and tastes of the 1940s – from George Formby ukelele music, dishes of the era or the opportunity to jitterbug and jive. Watch out for the Spivs, trying to shift you their shady goods!
  • You’ll return to your starting station, where the party will continue in either The King and Castle at Kidderminster OR The Railwayman’s Arms at Bridgnorth.
Train Times
Departing At
Arrive Back
Train One, Kidderminster.
Stopping at Highley, Bridgnorth, Arley and Bewdley.
9.00am. Passengers may arrive from 8.15am to enjoy the attractions at the station.
4.00pm. Passengers have an additional 90 minutes at Kidderminster at the end of the day to enjoy the attractions.
Train Two, Kidderminster.
Stopping at Highley, Bridgnorth, Arley and Bewdley.
10.35am. Passengers may arrive from 9.05am to enjoy the attractions at the station.
5.30pm. Passengers have an additional 30 minutes at Kidderminster at the end of the day to enjoy the attractions.
Train Three, Kidderminster.
Stopping at Highley, Bridgnorth, Arley and Bewdley.
12.10pm. Passengers may arrive from 10.40am to enjoy the attractions at the station.
Train Four, Bridgnorth. Stopping at Arley, Bewdley, Kidderminster and Highley.
11.05am. Passengers may arrive from 9.35am to enjoy the attractions at the station.


  • A full 1940s day on the Severn Valley Railway – with the opportunity for the fun to continue into the evening.
  • Vintage vehicles at each site – tanks, cars, motorcycles and much more.
  • See the Severn Valley Railway swing into life with live musicians – from ‘When I’m Cleaning Windows’ to ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’
  • Here comes the bride – witness a traditional 1940s wedding
  • Vintage marketplaces
  • Exciting interactive experiences at every site with surprises in store throughout the day.
  • The Railwayman’s Arms and The King & Castle OPEN for themed food and drink (Government War Department guidelines permitting!)
  • Much, much more.

What does my ticket include?

  • A private compartment (for four or six) or a socially-distanced table (for two) for the whole day.
  • The chance to visit every site on the SVR, experience live shows, re-enactments, get involved with interactive events and much, much more.
  • Tickets backed by the SVR Covid Guarantee. Find out more here.
Access to Stations will be restricted to ticket holders only.
Day Tickets
Table for Two
Train 3 only
Compartment for up to four people
Trains 1, 2 & 4 only
Compartment for up to six people
Trains 1, 2 & 4 only
Pre-book £70 £140 £210
Other Information
Under 4s travel free, but must not take up a seat.
Dogs travel free of charge.
Wheelchair users must reserve their space on the train. Please call our Visitor Services team before or during the booking process to reserve this.

A limited number of tickets for Members, Shareholders and Loyalty Pass holders are available, and must be pre-booked in advance. You will need to enter your unique number to receive a discount at the check-out. 
Any additional travellers not covered by your pass or ticket will be charged on arrival at the Booking Office.
Tickets may also be purchased at the same price by calling 01562 757900 (option 1). 
These tickets are not available for purchase from booking offices in advance. 

Tickets will be dispatched by email. Terms & Conditions apply.

How to use my Loyalty Pass?  Member or Shareholder; how do I book? 

Full details for members, shareholders and loyalty pass holders

Every ticket is covered by the SVR Covid Guarantee to ensure your booking is safe. More information on the SVR Covid Guarantee can be found here.

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