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…

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.             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.     I think though, my fave shot of the day was looking up at the grey block of flats overlooking the river and seeing this   Stay tooned for a visit to…

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!                         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 and this lady was spot on with her costume and hair do   mustn’t forget the Germans!   channelling Clive Owen?             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…

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.   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…

Frontline ~ Part 4 ~ June 2018

The Civil War re-enactors really looked the part                     They looked good in colour too         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)   and some (not very convincing) Romans           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   how cute are they? 🙂 also spotted this chap,   and this lady Stay tooned for the American civil…