Owl and Katie

Owl at Twyford station

…are two fine 15″ gauge locomotives which have been visiting the Evesham Vale Light Railway this weekend. We were there for some of the fun and games, but the “Rail Diaries” page will have to wait until tomorrow. In the meantime, the accompanying photo will have to do.

Northern Rail to North Lancashire

Once again, we’re travelling on a Northern Rail £10 day ranger ticket, which covers the whole Northern Rail network. On this occasion, we’re heading for the north Lancashire coast – visiting Arnside, Morecambe and Heysham. At Arnside, once we’ve dodged the rain, there are views to Grange-over-Sands and the Kent viaduct. At Morecambe, there’s the former railway station to visit. Travellers coming to this terminus, in days gone by, might have felt they’d arrived somewhere – especially when, opposite the entrance they would see the magnificent “art deco” Midland Hotel (we’ll call in later for coffee and cake). There’s little sense of arrival at today’s station. Heysham? We’ll be there for three or four minutes only, on the daily train from Lancaster and Morecambe – yes, just the one, to connect with the ferry.

For more on the rail journey – and many more photos – visit “Roaming Northern Rail”  on Geoff’s Rail Diaries.

A Castle in Coalbrookdale

No. 7029 “Clun Castle” was in action today, on a couple of shuttles between Wellington and Coalbrookdale. It was advertised as the last steam to (or was it “from”?) Ironbridge – but that was over 50 years ago. We’re not complaining – it’s good to see a train of any kind on the line which used to serve the now-defunct power station. It was very dull for the first run, but the sun did its best for the second. Here’s a sample – more to come on “Geoff’s Rail Diaries“…