Aln Valley Railway – July 2019 – Part 2

Part 1 HERE

After we rode on the train, Sophie and I photographed the WW2 re-enactors and bits and bobs around the station.

On guard duty
Taking a break
having a natter
East meets West
Captain Mainwaring
Airborn
Hearts and minds

Dad’s Army

 

Red Star

 

Relaxing Russkies
Sophie gets behatted
Catch!

Stay tooned for Part 3!

Aln Valley Railway – July 2019 – Part 1

While Sophie and I were visiting the Stephenson Heritage Railway, (post on that HERE) a gentleman saw us taking pictures, and came over to tell us we might like to visit the heritage railway that he was involved in, the Aln Valley Railway.  Great idea we thought, and we decided to go when they also had a war re-enactment thing going on.

The aim of the volunteers is to reopen the Alnwick to Alnmouth railway line.  The original station in Alnwick is now home to Barter Books

so a brand new railway station and visitor center has been constructed by volunteers on the outskirts of Alnwick from where the railway follows the original trackbed towards Alnmouth Station.

The first thing we did was have a ride on the train.

Our ride

the carriages were a bit less shabby

and the journey was shorter, but some lovely views across Northumberland

They had quite a few trains in their workshops and at the station

The train we went on
needs a bit of work!
to be restored
our chauffeurs
oops

Next time we’ll have a look at the WW2 stuff going on at the station, so stay tooned!

Tall Ships at Sunderland ~ July 2018 ~ Part 3

Part 1 HERE.   Part 2 HERE

Finishing up our day visiting the tall ships, here are a few more random pictures I took on the day.

What have these to do with Tall Ships Fraggle? Because UNICORNS!!!

 

Empty Gin Joint ~ what were they thinking?? IT”S SUNDERLAND!!! they don’t know what Gin is unless it’s spelled B.E.E.R! 🤣🤣

 

Media

 

Chimney Sweeper.

 

Tooting Popular Front. Or back.

 

Hope they don’t go over a big wave.

 

Actually the handstand man was part of a shoreside kind of play where himself and a couple of totties ran around half a ships deck, but I have no idea what that was all about.

Handstand man and Totty 1.

 

Scary Totty. Having a bad hair day I think.

 

Three-point turn FAIL!! Several times. 🙄

I think though, my fave shot of the day was looking up at the grey block of flats overlooking the river and seeing this

Making a difference.

 

Stay tooned for a visit to Stockton-on-Tees where we visited the cemetery, and the Butterfly House.

Tall Ships at Sunderland ~ July 2018 ~ part 2

Part 1 Here

Part of the joy in photographing a big event like this, is people watching, and there were plenty of interesting humans for my camera.

Say ‘cheeeeeeze!’ Wait, no, say ice creeeeeem!

 

Fish & chips

 

what shall we do with a drunken sailor…

 

Aye aye Capn’ Boss

 

Where do I start?

 

I’ll keep my head down, no-one will notice me.

 

obliging merchants

 

The SIlver Surfers

 

sharp dressed man

stay tooned for more ships ahoy!

Frontline Finale

and into battle we go!

The WW2 re-enactors did a display at the end of the day and everyone piled in to do battle.  I’m not sure if it was based on a historical one, but I doubt it.  It was great fun to watch anyway, and everyone survived!

The Germans are coming!!

 

never mind smiling for the camera- shoot the danged gun!

 

everybody out!

 

OOPS!! On yer feet son!

 

preparing

 

fire in the hole!

 

smokin’!

 

Our gun’s bigger than yours!

 

Get this thing pointed at that bagpipe player, he’s driving me mad!

 

Let’s get out of here, that bloke’s got a skirt on and I don’t think he’s wearing pants!

 

We surrender! We can’t take anymore of ‘Scotland The Brave’.

 

How very dare you? That bagpipe player has won the war single handed!

 

The End!

All photo’s embiggenable and

Loads more photo’s of the day HERE

Stay tooned for our next outing, when Sophie and I go to see the Tall Ships when they came to Sunderland.

 

Frontline – Part 6 – June 2018

These are some more photo’s of re-enactors taking part in WW2 and their vehicles.

I loved this next chap, thought he really looked like he’d stepped out of a movie

medic

and this lady was spot on with her costume and hair do

 

mustn’t forget the Germans!

 

channelling Clive Owen?

 

military police

 

Military Masterchef

 

raw recruit

 

Airborn Grasshopper

 

Another Military policeman.

 

This vehicle is (acccording to Phil, who knows these things) a Hanomag SDKFZ 251 Ausf C. Called “Magda” she is a half-track armoured fighting vehicle built on an OT-810 chassis, badged to the Panzergrenadier Divison Großdeutschland. Designed and built by the Hanomag company during World War II. The concept was to allow panzergrenadiers to keep up with panzers and provide infantry support as required. In practice, there were never enough of them and most panzergrenadier units had to make do with trucks. She was brought in by the Northern World War 2 Association, and I believe all the WW2 re-enactors belong to that.

 

They also brought along an American M24 Chaffee Light Tank. This appeared during the latter stages of World War 2 and saw considerable service in the Korean War that followed.

 

Not sure what type of jeep this is but I do like the motorbike fastened on the front.

 

That’ll do for today, stay tooned for our finale next time, when they all go into battle.

Frontline -Part 5-WW2-June 2018

The main event as far as Phil was concerned was the German armour and uniforms, and he was very impressed with the authenticity of both. The re-enactors covered the German, British,American WW2 and included some French resistance people too.  Lots of renovated vehicles were also on show, and at the end of the day they had a full on battle which was fun to watch.

Radio gaga – british communications display

 

British Army weapons

Previously mostly used for rail, industrial or agricultural hopper cars, the Kubelwagon was a light military vehicle designed by Ferdinand Porsche and built by Volkswagen during World War II for use by the German military (both Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS).

Volkswagon Kubelwagon

 

A happy German Afrika Corps Nurse

I have no idea what this next thing really is, (but had a guess)

a steam punk flux capacitor

 

There’s some Yankeedoodle peeps around somewhere!

The Resistance were here too

dot dot dash dosh dat oops

they were cooking lunch….

Ratatouille

 

More evidence of the USA contingent

 

and we found some!

Kilroy and friends.

I think that’ll do for today, but stay tooned for more WW2 next time.

 

 

Frontline ~ Part 4 ~ June 2018

The Civil War re-enactors really looked the part

Where’s this Gettysburg place then?

 

women and children to the fore!

 

Get your guns ready lads!

 

 

never too old for a good ruckus!

 

You fought all the way Johnny Reb

 

The Night They Drove Old DIxie Down

 

He died with his hat.

 

Shoot’em up!

 

Smokin’!

 

They looked good in colour too

 

lean,mean fighting machines.

 

come on lads.. er..

 

ooh this collar is itchy!

 

look lively, we’re going to win this time!

They didn’t.

 

Stay tooned for WW2 next time!

 

 

Frontline~ Part 3~ June 2018

As well as the medeival lot, we also found some Tudors (at least I think this chap is)

 

I’m Henery the eighth I am.

and some (not very convincing) Romans

 

Red isn’t dead

 

odd one out

 

Up yours??

 

hat’s off

 

Some of the people who came to see the show also dressed up in style

 

 

my favourites were this couple I saw walk past me

it wasn’t a great photograph as you can see so I ran after them and asked them if I could take their photo

 

Mr & Mrs Cute

how cute are they? 🙂

also spotted this chap,

Mr.Serious Photographer, with badges.

 

and this lady

Ms.Pink

Stay tooned for the American civil war next time!