Steam Trains

Santa’s Special, Sheringham Train Station, Norfolk

Santa’s Special Train was pulled by the Black Prince engine last year 2016, at Sheringham Train Station on the North Norfolk Coast.  We didn’t go on the trip, as my husband would not let me hijack a small child to see Santa, as our small grandson lives in Kent, so I just had to take photos instead.  I did take lots of Christmas jumpers, and many more, but this post is really about Santa’s Train and the people who make it happen 🙂


And The Winner Of The Christmas Jumper Is……..

In my last post, I explained I am trying to do a post on Sheringham Train Station on the North Norfolk Coast, but Christmas jumpers keep popping up.  I took the photo of my father-in-law, in the blue fleece talking to Father Christmas, oops no, I mean the train driver, but suddenly a Christmas jumper popped up.  Not just a jumper but the whole works, so if I was having a Christmas jumper competition, this would be the winner 🙂  I just hope no more pop up.

Any Room For A Christmas Jumper

I found another Christmas jumper, quite like this one, decorated with gingerbread men and snowman.  I am trying to do a post on Christmas at Sheringham Train Station, on the North Norfolk Coast, but lots of Christmas jumpers and snow ladies keep popping up, which is lovely really, because they do put a smile on your face 🙂

An April Bike Ride


Around the outskirts of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, is great for bike riding.  Apart from the really good bike routes, the terrain is mostly flat.  We try and take the caravan to Ferry Meadows Caravan Park each April and have at least one twenty mile bike trip…..which in truth only happens once a year and this year it didn’t happen.  Although we did take the bikes all the way to Scotland this year, to ride on some of the Islands, but it rained so much, it just never happened, they didn’t come of the bike rack.  So while sorting through the endless amount of photos, I found last April’s bike ride, 2016 and as it was the only one we have managed to achieve in two years……I am going to post it, to remind myself how nice it is to ride a bike.  My husband pulls a cart on the back of his bike for the dogs, as little dogs tire after a few miles, and as we now have four dogs, its better for them to travel in style.  Hopefully the photos will show you a little of the lovely countryside around Peterborough.  We also stopped off at Ferry Meadows and Orton Mere stations to watch the steam train on the Nene Valley Railway.  Finally three little dogs, we had another dog just after our break, back to the van for a well earned drink.


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 🙂





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 🙂