Picture gallery: Steaming back to the 1940s at Whitwell and Reepham Railway Station

A 1940's wartime event has been held over the weekend at Whitwell and Reepham Station - Wartime  refugee Ruby Cannell (4) gets ready to board the train. Picture: Matthew Usher. A 1940's wartime event has been held over the weekend at Whitwell and Reepham Station - Wartime refugee Ruby Cannell (4) gets ready to board the train. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Monday, April 14, 2014
7:19 PM

The spirit of the 1940s was enjoyed by hundreds of people at Whitwell and Reepham railway station.

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Visitors dressed in clothing of the period and enjoyed music and memorabilia, admired vintage vehicles and took rides on the steam train.

Stalls exhibited guns and rations from the Second World War and sold clothing and jewellery during the annual two-day weekend celebration of the decade.

Marie McDermott, from Weybourne, and Antoinette Ford, from Dereham, travel to 1940s events around the country.

Mrs Ford said: “We love the glamour of the 1940s. Women then never used to go out without matching gloves, hat and handbag,”

Mrs McDermott said: “It was a time when people really looked after each other and the atmosphere and people we meet at these events are lovely.”

Martin Housego, 52, from Norwich, said: “It is important, especially where youngsters are concerned, that people appreciate what happened back then and events like this bring that history to life.”

Whitwell and Reepham railway station first opened on July 1, 1882.

The majority of the line was closed on March 2 1959 but the station was reopened on February 28 2009 by rail enthusiast Mike Urry and is now a popular visitor attraction.

The 1940s celebration has been run annually at the station for the last four years and has been a two-day event for three years.

Mr Urry said: “The 1940s events have been a phenomenal success and have helped to put us firmly on the map.”

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