Saturday, 27 May 2017

The edge of the map

So today i headed off down South for what ended up being one of my most complicated railway adventures yet. I wanted to go to Chesham which is one of the two North Western termini of the Metropolitan Line and is indeed the furthest station on the Underground from Central London (Charing Cross to be exact) and the most Northerly and Western Underground station.

However getting there took 4 trains (and 5 coming back!)* but it was worth it as Chesham is a lovely place (which will be covered in another blog post). And I got some nice photos at the Buckinghamshire stations Princes Risborough, Aylesbury, Chalfont & Latimer and Chesham, which you can see here.
Aylesbury

Chalfont & Latimer (obviously)
Chalfont & Latimer again

Chesham

Princes Risborough

* It is possible in 2 trains from Birmingham but this means going all the way to London and then out again - probably takes longer and is more expensive.

Friday, 26 May 2017

York (5) : Harrogate

The final selection of photos from my York holiday is from Harrogate which i visited on my final morning up North. I had some spare hours before returning home so decided to use it visiting one last place and it was well worth it as Harrogate is very nice. It topped off my holiday nicely, the icing on the cake if you will. You can see my photos here.




York (4) : York station

Continuing my review of my holiday in York, all three days i was at York station at various times. York is one of the iconic centres of the rail network like Crewe and Derby and certainly did not disappoint with many expresses and local trains. Highlights included the new Azuma train on test and plenty of Pacers. The end will be nigh for them in a few years so enjoy them while you can! You can see my photos here.





Top 7 Songs 26/05/17

Finally Summer seems to be here with consecutive days of heat. The problem with my house is that it takes a long time to heat up and then when it does it becomes unbearable. Yet oddly in the Winter i can have the heater on all day and yet within half an hour of it being turned off the room is stone cold. Still could be worse, could be raining. Thats tomorrow.

1: KNIGHT$ - so cold
2: LADYHAWKE - hillside avenue
3: SLOWDIVE - sugar for the pill
4: FLYYING COLOURS - long holiday
5: LUSH - out of control
6: PHISH - miss you
7: TREVOR SOMETHING - do it again

Thursday, 25 May 2017

SVR Diesel Gala

The final event of my week long rail extravaganza was the SVR Diesel Gala which i have attended every year for a number of years now. As with previous editions there have been plenty of interesting guest locos, the most notable being the brand new Class 88.

To be honest i was worn out after my York adventure (having only returned home the night before) so only stayed at the SVR until early afternoon but this was long enough to see the 88 and other great locos. I also had a guards van ride at Highly which was fun. You can see my photos here.