Military Weekend on the South Devon Railway July 2012

As promised earlier in the week, this is the first post following a short stay in Devon.  My wife and I had a lovely time staying with Grannie, despite the best intentions of the wet weather! So thank you Grannie 🙂

We visited the railway on Sunday 8th July, during its Military Weekend.  There was plenty going on and lots to see and will take a few blog posts to cover it all!  Today we will concentrate on the event itself, we will look at the journey, locomotives and other points of interest in later entries.

A brass band (above) and a lady singer set the tone at Buckfastleigh, which went a long way in making the day feel like it was some time in the 1940’s.  This was also helped by many people wearing period dress, including the couple below at Staverton station.  For me, the icing on the cake was being asked for my ration card when buying a couple of cups of tea onboard the train! 

Another point of interest that admittedly was not in keeping with the event was a massive owl at Totnes Littlehempston station!

Last but by no means least, was a large collection of military vehicles, that also featured many people in period dress.  At Buckfastleigh a field opposite the station was opened up for these large machines. My knowledge of such vehicles is very limited, so I will leave you with a few pictures of these vehicles to browse at your leisure.  Enjoy!

Tomorrow’s post will be the next in my series about my journey in becoming a steam enthusiast.  Much more material from Devon will be published in the next few days/weeks.  I shall also be reviewing the Hornby LNER A4 class and Bachmann N class models over the next few days, as chosen by Locoyard followers!

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