Thursday, 2 February 2012


Took Louise on the Settle/Carlisle Railway last Saturday. Brilliant trip including some stunning scenery, we were VERY lucky to have a clear day. We were very UNLUCKY to experience a 5 hour Friday evening journey from York to Bury!!! A sprinkle of snow on the M62 and chaos. Also while we waited for the train at Manchester Victoria on Saturday from 7am we discovered that the cafe only opened at 8! So, we experienced a marvellous 45 mins stood on an ice block of a platform. This was compounded by the fact that when we took our seat (1st class) we were informed that the heating system in our carriage had broken down!!
Still mustn't moan!?
As already stated though, we had a great day pulled by 2 Black Fives (steam trains) based at Bury (how apt).

Footnote: It was heartening to see how many people we saw taking photos of the train as it passed by...well into 4 figures! This contrasted sharply with the bloke on the platform at Manchester at the end of our trip who commented "Why do people find that interesting?"
As the song goes (Garden Party by Ricky Nelson)...You can't please you've got to please yourself.

Last time I'll mention that my Laptop is STILL poorly! As am I now, after the above trip.

Birding still subdued, Hoping for a good session this weekend...maybe a chat with my pal Haydn.

Spring is on the way...?

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