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Train Withdrawal.

Had the weather been brighter, and had I been feeling up to it, we would have been scooting off today to York to have a look around the railway museum, and hopefully catch a sight of my all time favourite steam train, the Flying Scotsman. Because of bad timing i.e returning home from our holiday, we missed the exhibition where the Flying Scotsman was on the turntable resplendent in black ‘wartime’ livery. I suppose we could have set off home earlier, jumped off the train at York, seen the exhibition, and then caught a later train home, but that would have entailed us dragging our suitcase around the railway museum.

Flying Scotsman stitch

We will get there as soon as the weather is more promising, and I feel more up to making the journey. In fact, I am suffering from train withdrawal symptoms so far this year. As some of my readers know, we have usually made at least one steam train journey by now, travelled on many ‘run-arounds’ either to Leeds, York, etc, and made many a jaunt or quest out and about.

Sadly, the Green Express Tours are no longer available and we will miss being able to travel on those in the future. Our many day trips with them have included such far away jaunts as Whitehaven, Bath, Exeter, Edinburgh, etc, and we have made many new friends during those escapades. There are other company’s who run steam excursions thankfully, so we will have to look to those in future. Trouble is, they don’t always set off from nearby stations which does tend to complicate matters somewhat.

It has also meant that I haven’t had as much to blog about this year because we haven’t been going on any of our usual exciting train adventures, but  as soon as we are able to do so and all my treatment is completed, we shall be once again travelling on some great railway journeys, I promise. I love travelling by train, whether pulled by the latest 125 or steam, though steam is definitely  my favourite. When you travel on a train pulled by a steam locomotive, you really do feel like royalty, all the people lined up along the track, taking their photos as your train passes by, all trying to catch a glimpse of a bygone age as K and I oblige them and do our royal wave out of the carriage window  smiling as we pass.

It’s such a wonderful feeling, and I urge you all to go on a steam pulled excursion at least once in your lifetime. It’s an experience not to be missed!


7 thoughts on “Train Withdrawal.

    • I’m hoping once it’s completed, that they might let it do the Edinburgh to London run and then guess who’ll be on it! I I promise to wave as we go chuffing by!)

  1. I love sitting back and travelling by train, TG, watching the scenery and views you wouldn’t see by car.. but I must admit to never having been on a Steam loco, the Flying Scotsman Journey sounds not to be missed, and failing that, I’d just adore being on the Orient Express. … How simply extraordinary, to be able to travel as they did in days gone by, Romantic or what? Sigh!! xPenx

  2. I love steam trains.
    My brother worked at the Railway museum for a number of years.
    I was brought up just along the road from Bressingham gardens, so I spent lots of time there looking through the sheds where they restored the engines and you could even ride in the cab of a big engine. The flying Dutchman I think. Fond memories

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    (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Awe, the weekend has come and gone. A new week is about to start for us. Here’s hoping that you have a good start to it and that it just gets better from there. Cheers!

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    (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Just checking in on you and hoping that you and K are doing well. Sorry to hear that you missed the exhibition of the the Flying Scotsman. I do hope that you two are able to see it in the near future if possible.
    Here, we have The Prairie Dog Central Railway… which is a short line railway owned and operated by The Vintage Locomotive Society Inc. (VLS) and it is one of the oldest regularly scheduled vintage operating trains in North America. The VLS is a Registered Charity whose primary objective is to maintain and operate the Prairie Dog Central Railway vintage steam train. http://pdcrailway.com/index.htm
    Wow, you hav ecertainly given me a great idea for our next family outing!

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