Stepping back to the war years at Avon Valley Railway

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Many people were in period costume today and as well as steam trains there were displays and hands-on activities portraying what the war meant to the everyday lives of the civilian, military personnel and the railway.

There was a War Department shunting engine used during the Normandy invasion and historical vehicles were on display,   as well as toys from the 1940s, a 1940s beauty salon and a display of chocolate-making at Fry’s in Keynsham during the war.

A war reserve policeman was keeping visitors in order while other characters in costume included a prisoner of war and members of the military.

Some young visitors also dressed as evacuees, including Erin, pictured, who had travelled up with her family from Wrington for the event.

Like today, a free vintage shuttle bus will operate again tomorrow between the Somerdale site at Keynsham and Bitton Station.

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