I went to visit a few old haunts today, from my days of living in the Rossendale Valley in the early 70s and popped into Ramsbottom station in time to see a train passing through and get these timeless photos:
I was a bit disappointed to see the loco running backwards, but it still made for a pleasant photo.
Nobody in the first coach, but the remaining coaches had a decent number of people on board. The last coach was full of schoolchildren, who were clearly enjoying their trip. Nice to think that they are exposed to old steam railways as part of their education. Apart from the RAF camps and Cornwallis Street baths,(because they were using the gym for GCE exams), we were never allowed out of school!
I love to see these old locos looking immaculate on preserved railways. Apart from their first week of service after coming out of the works, very few of the BR locomotives ever looked like this.
Excellent. The UK in rich in this kind of thing. We have some preserved railways here in France but nothing like the number and QUALITY of restoration as in UK.
True, but the tourism authority in the UK needs to get on board (pardon the pun) with this sort of thing. They cannot see beyond London and Stratford-on-Avon, with a stop at Bicester Village link on the way back for your designer gear-oh and don't forget to reclaim your VAT!
In my experience, they employ arty types who have never been outside of London (except perhaps to Stratford) and have no idea beyond those two destinations. I am so pleased to see that Liverpool has forged it's own way ahead on this, with little or no help - or recognition - from the capital.