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Katrine aqueduct | esngblog

An interesting set of photos, with not much railway, but a lot of interesting engineering.   They show construction of the Katrine aqueduct, that provides water to Glasgow.  I did some hydraulic analysis on the treatment works at the end of the tunnels a while back. Old photographs showing one of Scotland’s most important public…
— Read on esngblog.com/2019/03/04/katrine-aqueduct/

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British History, Buildings I like, Life, travel

Winchester: A Place For Legends – The Southerner Blogs

One uncharacteristically warm and bright Sunday, we decided to finally make a long-awaited trip to Winchester. The town of Winchester is located in Hampshire and is arguably one of the most historically significant places in England.  Winchester was known as Venta Belgarum during the Roman reign and also spent time as a fortified town during…
— Read on thesouthernerblogs.wordpress.com/2019/02/25/mysteries-myths-in-winchester/

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Best of 2018: Magical Moments at Corfe Castle – The Southerner Blogs

As we enter the last few days of the year of 2018, I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling reflective.  In that spirit, I thought it would be great to honour some of this years best memories with their own posts – and here, dear readers, I bring you my series of “Best of…
— Read on thesouthernerblogs.wordpress.com/2018/12/30/best-of-2018-magical-moments-at-corfe-castle/

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Going for a Spa

Visited the Spa Valley railway for the first time using a gift experience day given to me by my ex-colleagues when I was made redundant by the Council, so no better way to end a not so good year then having a ride on a steam train with the good Mrs D.

Catching the 1122 am ,Uckfield train from E Croydon we arrived in time to catch the late running 1203 pm departure. When we arrived they were just putting Ring Haw on the front. As Spa Valley lease the track from Network Rail (expires in 2022) they are not in possession of a run round loop which necessitates a rather complicated shunting manoeuvre, hence the photo of the Cl.31430 at the Uckfield end of the train.

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Leaving Eridge we made slow progress to Groombridge (& I do mean slow progress) waiting 20 minutes in the loop at Groombridge for the late running service from Tunbridge Wells West hauled by the GWR tank 813.

Groombridge is a rather quaint station, not the original as the original station site was developed for housing encroaching on the railway boundary so although the old station building is there the Spa valley station has been relocated further along, interesting none the less, especially the old bakery sign.

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Upon arrival at Tunbridge Wells Wests single platform i was able to take a photo of our steed Ring Haw on loan from the North Norfolk Railway.

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The Spa Valley is very much diesel orientated as can be seen from the DEMU in the background (fond memories of working on those when a Guard at Norwood back in the 80’s).

So to fed the inner man and woman we headed for the Opera House – a Weatherspoons. Being my first time in Tunbridge Wells (not my wife’s as she lived there years ago) Google Maps navigated us to the Opera House, where a lovely meal in beautiful surroundings did not disappoint.

Back to the station via the High Street and the Pantiles made for an interesting walk back, though we were early which was just as well as the late running was still occurring with the stock for the 320 pm departure not having arrived. However this go an opportunity to look round.

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Electro diesel 73140 was ticking over, I guess on Thunderbird duties.

The yard contained some interesting stock. 813 waiting patiently for its train to arrive along with the railways resident diesels.

Eventually Ring Haw arrived with the late running 320 pm departure. This meant 813 coming from the yard and attaching to  31430 which was the tail end – sure the Rev. Awdry would of had a field day!

The light as you can imagine was starting to fade badly as 813 coupled up to the head of the train.

We departed Tunbridge Wells West around 4 pm with a well loaded 4 coach train. Just outside Eridge, 813 was detached  to run into the bay platform, as  31430 brought the train into the main platform.

There we left the train and adjourned to the adjacent Huntsman pub (Hall and Woodhouse) See The Huntsman Eridge  for a couple of drinks before catching our train back to East Croydon.

A very enjoyable day, Goodbye and good riddance 2018, hears to what I hope will be a better 2019.

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Christmas Carols at St Paul’s Cathedral & my new favourite hymn ‘Oh Holy Night’ | Stephen Liddell

Before we get to the reason I started this post, I thought you might like to see a few photos of when I went to Christmas Carols at St Paul’s Cathedral. We had to queue for over 2 hours to get in but it was all more than worthwhile. As you can see, St Paul’s…
— Read on stephenliddell.co.uk/2018/12/26/my-new-favourite-hymn-oh-holy-night/

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Aldgate Priory – the medieval ruins inside a 21st century office block. | Stephen Liddell

Two weeks ago I was wondering round the streets of Whitechapel and Aldgate looking for a rather secret churchyard that I had passed by many times but never assumed I could get inside.  Typically, the gate which is often open, was firmly locked on my visit so I couldn’t get in.  However whilst determinedly trying…
— Read on stephenliddell.co.uk/2018/12/05/aldgate-priory-the-medieval-ruins-inside-a-21st-century-office-block/

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Bend it Like Dobson (Newcastle station, Tyne and Wear, UK) – The Beauty of Transport

York station tends to get all the glory these days, but if you want the best (the original and best, in fact) big curved railway station, you’ll need to head another hour or so up the East Coast Main Line to Newcastle. I’m fascinated and puzzled by the fact that York station is so much…
— Read on thebeautyoftransport.com/2018/11/28/bend-it-like-dobson-newcastle-station-tyne-and-wear-uk/