Flying Scotsman – Past, present and future on the East Coast Main Line

The BBC has the story on its web site – See link above

Well it’s about trains so what would you expect from a blog site run by a railway enthusiast like me. And not as boring as politics either! Did I just say that?

With thanks to spotter Keith Page

The Waverley Route & David Steel MP

When the Waverley Route (Carlisle to Edinburgh) was down for closure in the 1960’s a young Liberal MP stood alongside his constituents and fought to try to save it. Alas the dirty deed was done anyway, only for some of it to reopen earlier this year.

A trip to the National Railway Museum in York recently and what do I find but a graphic panel all about the closing of the Waverley Route and photos of that young MP and his fellow campaigners. Here it is:-

David Steel and the Waverley Route

Please click on the photo to enlarge it.

The writing on the bottom of the photo is too difficult to read even when expanded but it says ‘Lord David Steel MSP leads a protest against Beeching Plan closures in 1968’. Of course back in the day he was just David Steel MP with both a Lordship and being a member of the Scottish Parliament being many moons away. Indeed, a Scottish Parliament was very far from being a reality back in 1968.

Just goes to show how words can mislead even when they are intended to be informative, as in this case. The reader, without any background political knowledge would think that Lord David Steel MSP led the campaign.

An oasis in the heart of busy York

As a frequent visitor to the historic city of York, which can be a busy place any day of the year, I like (even as an atheist) the tranquil surroundings of Holy Trinity Church.

It is now out of use as a place of worship but is maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust. The site is totally surrounded by shops and businesses yet a walk through the gate takes you to a quiet and beautiful place where you can sit down either inside the church or in its small grounds to take the weight off. A real delight.

Here are a couple of shots I took on our last visit.



The photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Bus gets electric makeover – York

The York City Sightseeing bus, operated by Transdev, is claimed to have become the first double-decker in the world to get an electric makeover. It has been converted from diesel to pure electric with lithium ion batteries. York Council was awarded £75,433 to convert the bus after a successful bid to the Department for Transport. The bus can travel all day without needing to re-charge.

The Yorkshire Post newspaper carried this interesting ‘green’ article and see link below:-

With thanks to the LGiU for the lead to this story.

1st World War exhibition – York Castle Museum

Continuing my First World War theme for 2014.

This is a very well done exhibition all about the First World War and York’s place within it that Sheila, Jen and I had the good fortune to see recently. Here are some shots I took:-



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There are more photos amongst my Flickr shots at:-