Levisham (or Le Visham as it becomes for the weekend) provides a great spot to stop off and enjoy a unique perspective on railway events. Each year we write a different scenario built around an hour long “script” that coincides with the arrival and departure of trains.
The Station, which is beautifully preserved and opened its doors in 1914, features two snack bars and a large, tented French Café. All will be serving food and beverages throughout the day.
The French Café becomes the scene of our now famous evening regimental on Saturday night (three courses sit down meal, free bar and music)
If any groups or individuals are interested in joining this years display, please PM me through the forum.
This years display:
Levisham station is converted for the weekend of the 10th-12th October to a continental (French/Belgian/Dutch) railway station in the year 1943.
Typically stations of this type would have little or no occupation presence.
The premise of the display is that due to increased partisan attacks a large medical facility has been established at Le Visham to handle battlefield casualties.
• Due to possible “resistance” activity, a security detachment is on watch at the station for suspicious characters.
• A fully operational field hospital will be handling casualties all day
• “Thor” will establish a fire base on the track way to support operations
• The station remains fully operational throughout the exercise.
A reinforced platoon (30 -50 men) of a German infantry regiment has been posted to the area to sweep the surrounding terrain to prevent any resistance activity
They are encamped with full defensive measures
The platoon will be split into 3-5 equal Gruppe.
Squads will be assigned an area on a 1 hour rotational basis.
Fully scripted “Incidents” will be varied each hour and the affected Gruppe will need to respond accordingly.
Trains arrive hourly, allowing repetition of incidents and activities at each area.
Areas of interest:
• Living History Area
• Paddock and surrounding area
• Track way (Thor)
• Road Crossing and car park
• Firing Range
• Levisham Station
Living History Area
This area will contain command tents, and Zeltbahn tents. Men can relax and drill, polish equipment etc. This area will also contain defensive measures for the western edge of the station
The squad stationed in the Living history area will patrol the tree line
The station staff and re-enactors jointly built replica “Artillariewagon” (Thor) will be positioned on the track way
The unit will be manned and operational, providing supporting fire for anti-partisan activities, and will be re-stocked etc as a continuous living history display.
Road Crossing and car park
A feldgendarmarie command post will be set up in this area.
All period vehicles will be parked at the front of the car park on display.
Field, firing range and surrounding area
The re-enactors will provide a large well stocked and manned field hospital (Feldlazarette) complete with nurses, surgeons, dentists and medical orderlies
This display is large and impressive, using period equipment.
Various incidents will happen hourly
The hospital shall always we available for the public to visit and engage with the staff, and due to its central location, casualties can be brought to the hospital from all directions.
This will be decorated with period posters, all signs replaced with French signs. Tactical German signs will also be in the car park.
Period posters will be put on notice boards, all signs will be in French.
On each platform, a check point with at least one Military Policeman (FG) and female auxiliary (Helferin) will randomly check passes and inspect luggage. A clip-board containing typed information ands photographs will be on the tables
Security detachment is to detain any allied re-enactors who arrive by train and remove there weapons. These are to be stored in the radio room until immediately before departure.
The Eastbound platform contains the radio room. All the groups radio equipment will be placed in this room. This must be manned by at least one operator. Radio messages will arrive for the staff officers, and be presented by the signals Helferin hourly.
.A portable MP3 player will play sound effects.
Rules for Re-enactors
1. We do this together
This display will only work with full co-operation of all re-enactors. Regardless of group, association or affiliation, we will form squads of equal numbers.
We will become one unit together.
On the Saturday, all re-enactors must fall in at 08:30 in the living history area.
You will be split into your groups and assigned rotation and your starting activities. We then rush off to dress the sets so we can be ready for the public.
We fall in again on Saturday night where we discuss the days display and speak freely and openly about what worked well, and more importantly what didn’t.
All opinions are valid, so don’t be shy now.
On Sunday, we fall in a 09:00. Your group will be assigned rotation and your starting activities. Some of us have a long way to go home, so if that includes you, tell your Gruppenfuhrer and we will arrange for you to leave between 14:00 and 15:00 hrs.
2. Safety and Behaviour
You will receive a copy of the health and Safety risk assessment upon your arrival. Read it through and sign the attached list.
Safety is paramount at this show. No one has ever been injured and we are proud of this.
The station gets VERY busy. You might think you have seen a crowd, but that’s nothing compared to the mobs we get at the station. The display involves very close contact with the public and little or no barriers between us and them. Be aware of this with regard to your uniform and equipment and stay in character!
Please keep all bad language to a minimum. We need to be as inoffensive as possible while the public are in attendance.
You can arrive at the station anytime after 08:00 on Friday 16th.
This year, we are trying to put on some sort of display, no matter how low key on the Friday. Your help with this would be much appreciated.
The defined scenario however, will be on Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th.
Parking is always a problem. Please park as sensibly as possible within the car park. If we need to spill over, there is parking 200 metres away.
Camping will be within the paddock using period tentage only. Any “plastic” tents, unless they are put up after 18:00 and removed before 08:00 will be confined to the modern tent area 200 metres away.
6. Dress Code
I will be posting up a kit list a little closer to the event.
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