I am totally on an actual mofoing steam train!!!!

Discussion in 'transport' started by mrs quoad, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member


    In about seven minutes, we will actually go somewhere.



    Also, it turns out that they're not very good at understanding how to ticket children <4. (I was thinking this meant free.)

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  2. fishfinger

    fishfinger تپلی

    Have a chuffing good time!
  3. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Without music, life would be a mistake.

  4. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    Love the moors railway!
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  5. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    I got the steam train from Corfe to Swanage a few years ago and people do wave at you from their gardens :thumbs:
  6. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

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  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  8. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    I haven't say mrs quoad you sound well chuffed.
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  9. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member

    Erm. The bluebell line sort of came close, but that's 0.5 miles. And on the day we went, iirc they pulled out a diesel. (Tbf, my wife and I have differing recollections about that. I might check.)

    I think my broad conclusions about today are of the kind that, with a remotely critical eye, are blindingly chuffing obvious.

    These include the astute observation that being in a carriage is not the best place from which to see a steam locomotive in action; that old trains rarely have air con, and can get really really fucking hot on beautiful days; and that a 2.9 year old is probably not best suited to any kind of 4 hour journey. (I tell a lie, he fucking loved spending 4.5 hours (was it 5.5?!) on an open topped sightseeing bus, repeating the same 1hr loop).

    He was unkeen to get off at any of the stops, and was really struggling towards the end of the day. (He fell asleep mid sentence in the car, and crawled straight to the sofa and fell asleep once home).

    However, the surroundings were lovely. The first hour was blinding. The locos, when seen, were stunning (and iirc we passed either three or four going the other way on our return leg!), and the staff (all volunteers?) beyond incredible. Whitby, too, was lovely. Overall, a pretty darned good day.
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  10. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

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  11. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    'tis nice - fish and chips on the beach, at which point my children all went in the sea without bothering to get changed first, a boat trip, and an excuse to spend the day doing my utterly shit Dracula impression, much to the disgust and embarrassment of all those blighted by being my family.

    Lovely place in a lovely area - high moorland, beaches, market towns, seaside resorts, and a steam train. What more could you want?
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  12. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    Now planning a few days away in the area later in the year; suggestions?
  13. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    yeah, don't plan on a few days - make it a fortnight, and bring all your stuff so you don't have to go home...

    Whitby itself is really nice - not picture postcard 'cute' like Cornwall or the Cotswolds, but a proper place in gorgeous surroundings with lots of interesting architecture and everything you need for a holiday.

    North York Moors are fantastic walking country, and dead easy to access without any effort - simply get out of the car and off you go.

    the local market towns - Malton, Pickering, Helmsley, Thirsk, Ripon, Northallerton, Richmond - are lovely, lovely places. lots of interesting shops, places to eat and drink, pretty, historic, and interesting.

    if you've got young kids who are into Cbeebies you could pop up to Staithes and win massive brownie points - gorgeous little fishing village thats the home to 'Old Jacks Boat'. i don't think you can take the car down into the village, so if you've someonme who isn't a fan of hills it might be worth checking it out before you turn up.

    Saltburn-by-the-Sea is a grand old place, its got a funicular of some type and amazing old victorian hotels and a really pretty Italian garden. had fantastic fish and chips there. good beach.

    York is the big one. the Minster is rightfully a huge draw, but if you can, walk the walls. i could walk around York from dawn till dusk for a month and not tire of it.

    Durham is doable depending on where you stay - well worth it, again its a walking place rather than a car place, the Cathedral cafe does excellent cakes...

    Robin Hoods Bay is great for fossil hunting.

    the ruined Abbeys at Fountain and Rievaulx - fantastic places.

    couple of personal reccomendations about accommodation - Woodlea, Rosedale Abbey, North York Moors. Hill House Farm Cottages, nr Northallerton. Cote Gyll holiday park, Osmotherly for camping and caravanning - theres a YHA next door as well. the Bar Convent, York - yes, its a convent :thumbs:...
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  14. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    Cheers for all that. It will be with the elderly in laws whose mobility wasn't what it was. We have individually done York a few times. I'm dead keen on Durham and Beamish. Would like to take in Whitby, maybe Scarborough, also see bamburgh and lindesfarne properly as opposed to when I'm drunk and stoned. Berwick also a possibility.
    I remember having a womantic stay in the Lord Crewe a while back, sadly not appropriate this time. Ideally, for ma in law, we will stay somewhere by the sea.
    BTW. Mrs tag has stayed in the convent in York. Cheap n central :thumbs:
  15. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member

    Are you sure it's still there?

    Bits of a convent have become student halls. I'm not sure what the overlap w the old convent / rooms to rent is.
  16. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    given your wish list, i'd stay as far north as possible - i love the Northumberland coast, but shit me, its a loooooonnnnnnnggggggg way from the rest of the world!

    its still accepting bookings...
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  17. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    The wish list is not set in stone.
    1. Durham
    2. Beamish
    3. Bamburgh
  18. Dogsauce

    Dogsauce Lord of the Dance Settee

    Going inland a bit Jerveaux abbey near Masham is nice - privately owned ruin with honesty box at the gate, no gift shops or manicured lawns, quiet, pretty wild, lots of flowers and wildlife. Near to Brymor's ice cream parlour which is worth a visit (rhubarb crumble and elderflower flavours in particular recommended). Masham itself has a brewery you can go round and nice pubs.
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  19. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    Well, we have booked a hotel with a sea view, well down in Scarborough for a few days.....we is on our way, mother in law and all
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  20. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

  21. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    Saw the Jacobite on the line between Glenfinnan and Mallaig when I was on holiday that way recently.

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  22. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    Today's loco, at grossland, was a schools class 4-4-0 repton. One of the most powerful 4-4-0's ever built and one of only 3 schools class loco's surviving.

    PS. We stumbled across pickering Paris church: amazing.
    It had was of the most complete collections of medieval wall paintings in the UK.
    pps. pickering chocci shop also worth a visit :thumbs:
  23. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

  24. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    I remember a very nice cafe in Pickering - In sight of the station. Hope its still there? :)
  25. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member

    We're currently on a massively delayed VTEC Intercity 225 just south of Berwick Upon Tweed with a fucking exhausted toddler being desperately distracted by train games, as it happens.


    There goes Lindisfarne!
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  26. Dogsauce

    Dogsauce Lord of the Dance Settee

    Duplo train app on the iPad? Usually keeps my one quiet for a few minutes.
  27. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    Frog cafe? Saw that today.
  28. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Its been a while - I can't remember the name but if you can see the station from it, its quite possible. :)
  29. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    Nope, wrong! I doubt you can see the station from this cafe.
  30. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member

    We are currently on the SANTA SPECIAL, given all our family sacked it off and didn’t come to ours as planned this Xmas. And we wanted to do something to salvage Christmas Eve.

    It’s pretty fuckjng awesome tbh.

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