I was going to say that I’ve never been on a steam train before. But that is patently absurd. I have, of course, been on Puffing Billy. Better to say that I’ve never previously gone anywhere on a steam train. And certainly never been to the seaside on one!
Lindsey, Ian and I did yesterday (the poor Builder is still at work while we are holidaying bravely!). We were off to
So. Off we trundled nice and early to catch a bus to catch a train to
We came back, collected the car keys, Jenny the Sat Nav and the car and off we went.
You should have seen the M1 heading south. It was like one of those absolute nightmare scenarios they sometimes dramatise on the BBC or Channel 4. The accident was between Junctions 29 and 28 and the motorway was closed. The traffic was being headed off at J29 but was backed up solid and unmoving from Meadowhall onwards (so Junction 34 or so). Checking the traffic alert, all the alternative routes south were solid and stationary too. Quite glad we were heading north!
It took an hour to get to
And then our train arrived at
Steam trains chuff like a proper train as they get going!
And people stop to look as you go past.
And they wave!! Everybody waves. The station staff come out to admire as you pass their stations. Little old men lean on their walking sticks and wave. There was an old lady sat up in a first floor window who waved. There were two boys doing star jumps on a trampoline and they were waving. I wonder what it is, this compulsion to wave at steam trains.
The sheep do not wave. They run away!
The train goes on that route three times a week for around six weeks during the summer. You’d think people would get a bit more blasé about it. Or that the sheep would get used to it. But they don’t.
We were extremely fortunate in
We didn’t do much in
And if the train company does the same trip next year, The Builder and I might take a few days in
We had dinner at home. Ian and I cooked it together. With Marlo supervising. And everything except the sausages was home grown. Mashed potatoes, caramelised onions, runner beans, peas, herbs and all. Was a very pleasant end to the day