Photos from Black Country Living Museum


We are now all safely back home, and back into the 21st Century, after a superb weekend.

For us, it was a first time, as we are normally at Woodhall Spa this weekend, but we decided to try something new, and are glad we did.

BCLM is a fantastic venue for a 40s event, and they have been doing it long enough to be really good at it. For our part, we set up a couple of appliances, a pump, a large dam, and a (hidden) modern pump by the canal to give us an inexhaustible supply of water.

After the well-established air raid in the village, put on by our friends from the Severn Valley Railway, we then did a demonstration, starting with a short talk about the Blitz (‘Hitler didn’t try to blow up our cities – it was much more effective to burn them down’), and then a demonstration of the pump with two firemen on each of two branches, then of the four working together, one branch with a jet, and the other with a spray.

We then ran the No 2 foam branch (with modern detergent to make the foam), before ending with a chance for the children to hold a branch, and to use the stirrup pumps.

Thanks to Bob Warwick, who sent in some photos.


About lowdhamstation

I am a director of a small (and very technical) business, a committed Christian, a Reader (and preacher) in my local village church, husband to my dear Frances, am interested in heritage railways, and heritage fire engines. I currently run a group that displays wartime and early post-war fire engines at 1940s re-enacting events and steam engine rallies. O yes, and vintage cars and motorbikes, and we live in a Victorian railway station.
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