EMBSAY and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway hosted a 'very successful' 1940s weekend.

The event, which was held September 9 and 10, attracted 1,000 visitors during the weekend.

Railway staff, re-enactor groups and visitors alike came to the event authentic dress of the time period.

"Despite the wet and cold weather, it was a very successful event," said Stephen Walker, business manager at the Embsay and Bolton Steam Railway. "People were all wrapped up, but we still had a thousand over the two days."

Amongst the groups who attended the event were a vintage caravan group, the Haworth Home Guard as well as re-enactor groups representing Duke of Wellington Regiment, American servicemen, French resistance and the Home Front.

"The groups attending all camped at the Bolton Abbey station," said Mr Walker. "And we also had a Spitfire on display in the Embsay station car park."

Mr Walker said the 70 to 80-year-old pre-war caravans were interesting, including one that painted exactly like a Rolls Royce car on display.

"In those days if you owned a caravan, you had to be rich," he said. "These days you see them everywhere."

Mr Walker is very pleased with how the 1940s weekend has developed since its inception nearly 20 years ago.

He added: "We started the 1940s weekend in 1998, and it continues to grow and grow every year."