|Ever since I was a young lad living on The Wirral I have been in love with the steam locomotive. When around 10 -11 years old (1959 -1960) I would walk down the local road to Leasowe Station (electric) and bunk a ride to the next station along the line called Bidston Station. (Image right Bidston 1920s) Here the steam trains from south Wirral would interconnect before turning north and east to Seacombe Station where it, in turn, connect the the Seacombe Ferry to Liverpool Landing stage at the Pier Head. It was here at Bidston I would bunk a ride on the train to Seacombe via Liscard & Poulton Station. The carriages did not have a passageway, so no inspector was to catch me!! The smell, the noise, the feeling, was magical to me - and still is.|
|Today, over a half century later, I regularly try and visit what are now known as heritage railways. North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) (Image left) which runs from Pickering, north to Grosmont and, when I was there in June, to Whitby. Severn Valley Railway runs from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster. West Somerset Railway which runs from Bishop Lydyard to Minehead. The Dart Railway running from Totnes to Kingswear. And there are many others too. Wonderful days out. This is a collection of my photographs of those visits and some library images I have collected along the way, available via Google.|
Image by Mark Panther (Landscapes of Yorkshire on Facebook) Oxenhope Moor
Black 5 taking a train through Grosmont tunnel North Yorkshire Moors Railway Sept 2006
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