Steam Trains

Quite simply, I love steam trains.

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Last year, 2016, we went to Minehead in West Somerset and travelled on the train to Washford Station, this was so we could visit Cleeve Abbey.  The Abbey is beautiful and was on my bucket list to visit.  We thought it would be a lovely idea to incorporate the visit, with a trip on the steam train.  Unfortunately the train going was pulled by a diesel engine, but coming back we did have a steam engine.  I took some photos through the front window of the diesel train and just liked they way they are framed, a little different from the normal ones I take.

The Jacobite & Glenfinnan, Scotland

 

Every year when we go to the west coast of Scotland, we travel from Fort William to Mallaig along the ‘Romantic Road to the Isles’ its a must if you are visiting the West Coast of Scotland.  Even better if you can travel on the West Highland Railway Line.  The last time we manage to travel on the train, was 2012, you have to book about a year in advance, even then its touch and go.  So early last year 2016 we booked, we got some of the last seats, even booking that early.  We are making the trip in about three weeks time and looking back at last years photos I found some of our visit to one of the stations on the line, a very famous one at Glenfinnan.  Glenfinnan is where, in 1745, the ‘Jacobite Rising’ started and there is now a 60ft tall monument, which was built to commemorate the occasion.  Unfortunately the monument was having a facelift, but you get the idea how tall it is.  While we were visiting the station the train came in, ‘ The Jacobite’  it was quite a long stop as you are allow to disembark and take photos.  Once the train left the station, we jumped in the car and gave chase.  I wanted to catch the train going over a particular bridge very near to Mallaig and having missed it so many times in the past, I got lucky this time and got my train.  So I thought I better post last years 2016 trip, before this years 2017 trip 🙂

 

 

 

 

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I’m sure the pile of vintage luggage grows each year on Sheringham Train Station’s platform, in North Norfolk and now they need a guard to guard it 🙂  This is a lovely heritage steam train railway line, called the Poppy Line, and they have worked hard at preserving the station.  Its a nice place to go and have a cup of tea, with a railway bun, when you are visiting the seaside town of Sheringham. They actually have a really nice restored cafe on the platform and sell a lot more than just buns…..thought I had better mention that 🙂

Photo taken December 2016

The Return Trip to Kidderminster, North Worcestershire

The return trip on the Severn Valley Railway from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, with couple of stations.  If you get the chance, it is well worth a trip, just pick a nice sunny day 🙂

Bridgnorth Railway Station, Shropshire

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Bridgnorth railway station is a station on the Severn Valley Railway heritage line, serving the Shropshire town of Bridgnorth, England.

Following on from yesterdays post, we arrived back at Bridgnorth railway station, to find plenty going on, lots of engines puffing about.  This is a really lovely interesting station to visit, even if you are not travelling on the train and there is a very good old fashioned pub the  ‘Railwayman’s Arms’ .  So while the long suffering other half, not really suffering as he had a pint in his hand, sat in the sunshine, yes the sun had come for beer drinking, I took some photos 🙂

The next post is the trip back to Kidderminster.

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A Trip on the Severn Valley Railway to Bridgnorth

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On a very wet day in August 2012, we decided to take a trip on the Severn Valley Railway, it’s a heritage railway in Shropshire and Worcestershire and the 16-mile heritage line runs along the Severn Valley from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster.  We arrived at the Kidderminster Station and the rain was doing what it does best, pouring down.  Luckily by the time the train left the station it had decided to ease off.

Once onboard we settled down with warming cups of coffee and watched the countryside passing by, when suddenly I saw some elephants walking around, we were passing the West Midland Safari Park.  You have a great overall view of the park from the train and I should imagine the animals are used to the train by now, they seemed to be.

We arrived at Bridgnorth Station, and there is quite a long walk to the town, which is split into two, Low Town and High Town.  To reach High Town, its best to take the Cliff Railway and you get to see the stunning views.  We had a wander around the town, which was quite busy as it was market day.  We then walked back down to the station, to have a look at the trains, that we had noticed earlier.  I would like to re-visit on a sunny day, as it was very damp and overcast, not good for photos, hence they are mono, and I missed the castle, so thats a good excuse to go back.

Next stop Bridgnorth Station.

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