Impressions from today's Rhaetian railways very special train ride. With the steam powered snow blower Xrot 9213 over the Bernina mountain pass, part of the UNESCO world heritage Bernina train line. Built in 1910, it's the world's last only steam-powered snow blower still in operation.
🚂New in paperback comes the history of steam in Britain, from the Rocket in 1829, through to the last main line locomotive in the 1960s.🚂 #SteamTrains ‘The Magnificent History of Britain's Locomotives from Stephenson's Rocket to BR's Evening Star’ by #ColinMaggs MBE
Most people are under a misapprehension: the Rocket was not the first steam engine. Quite a few were built before it, but Stephenson’s engine was the first successful steam locomotive. Colin Maggs tells the story of the steam engine, from pre-Rocketdays, to British Railways building the Evening Star - the last main-line locomotive - through to the preservation movement and the new-build locomotives of extinct classes such as the Tornado.
In this comprehensive history, Colin Maggs, one of the country’s foremost railway historians, tells of other, perhaps less well-known aspects of the history of steam in Great Britain. The first railway lines, the activities of the early railway companies, the design and manufacture of faster and faster engines and the lives of the men and women who drove the industry. These and other fascinating stories from the age of steam are all revealed in this accessible book, illustrated with over 150 photographs and period ephemera, many in colour.
Kirklees Light Railway...
🗺 Clayton West, HD8 9XJ
⏰ Around 1 hour 15 minutes from Manchester
💰 £8 for adults and £6 for children (under 3s free) or a bit cheaper if you book online 👶 Kirklees Light Railway is based across two sites... Clayton West and Shelley... with the trains running between the two...
It is difficult to take a pram on the train due to their size... so you have to either fold it up (if there’s room) or leave it at Clayton West... so a carrier may be preferable...
🚲 No need!
🐶 Dogs are allowed on the trains! Yay!
⭐️ Look our for special events... we loved visiting on Christmas Eve last year! Also look out for “Dismal Day Discounts”! A day out at @kirkleeslightrailway is always a hit... not only do you get to go on (quite a lengthy) train journey- but the playgrounds are fab and there’s often crafts to do or toy trains to play with... There’s also the additional bonus of the miniature train that “goes fast” around the pond (small extra cost)...
Fantastic for everyone... even the dog!
A Day Out With Thomas...
🗺 Various railways around the UK... but as a mother who has enjoyed/endured a few... I can recommend the one at Kirklees Light Railway (HD8 9XJ)
⏰ Around 1 1/4 hours from Manchester (if going to Kirklees)
💰 See website... as it varies according the train station (and- you guessed it- Kirklees is one of the cheaper ones!)
👶 At #kirkleeslightrailway you do have to either fold up your pram (if there’s space) or leave it at one station (Clayton West) whilst travelling to the other (Shelley) so you may be better with a carrier if your baby isn’t at all mobile.. as there are things to do at the other end (which might get a bit annoying without free arms!)
🐶 Dogs can’t go to events like Day Out With Thomas... but they are allowed at #kirkleeslightrailway on a normal day...
⭐️ There is a Day Out With Thomas coming up at #kirkleeslightrailway on the the 14th and 15th March (but sadly we are busy this time)... but see www.dayoutwiththomas.co.uk for alternative dates and locations
As you may already have gathered... my son is a bit in love with a certain tank engine! We have therefore been to quite a few Day Out With Thomas events at different railways... but the one @kirkleeslightrailway is by far my (and my sons) favourite...
As it is quite spread out... it doesn’t get as crowded as other venues... and I feel there is much more to do than at other places... Not only can you ride on Thomas, but also Emily and Percy... you can be pulled along by Mavis and go aboard Toby the tram and ding his bell... There are also donkey rides and face painters, playgrounds and bouncy castles... and- just in case you haven’t ridden enough trains- the miniature “flyer” around the pond!
Although we can’t make the upcoming dates... we will undoubtedly be there another time...
And we are regulars at Kirklees Light Railway anyway (see next post)... when the trains just “don’t have their faces on” 😂
Another Sunday goes by without 2020's first Sunday Swanabout Facebook Live. Last week it was too windy to record, this week the General Manager has been struck down by the common cold & lost her voice. Perhaps the Gods are trying to tell us something 🤔
So, you'll have to make do with this 📷 of the three amigos outside the shed: Owl, Badger & Hawk all in action today hauling services or acting as Driver Taster Course subject.
Jump on board a vintage bus and steam train for a timeless trip through the Essex countryside. Travel through Epping Forest and North Weald to Ongar where you will stop over for a delicious afternoon tea 🚂
Ein lautes Hallo aus dem schönen Berlin, ヽ(´▽｀)/
mein Name ist Haru.
Als neuer Liebling der Woche nehme ich euch ab heute mit der BVG auf meine Fahrt durch Berlin.
Ich bin Hobbyfotograf und häufig mit meiner Kamera unterwegs, um den für mich perfekten Moment einzufangen und den Sonnenuntergängen hinterher zu jagen.
Neben dem was mir täglich vor die Linse läuft widme ich mich auch dem Trainspotting. Ich freue mich daher schon riesig, meine Bilder mit euch teilen zu dürfen.
Ich wünsche euch eine gute Fahrt in die Woche.
Begleitet mich auf meinen Reisen. Neben Berlin Spotte ich viel in Japan.