Before leaving the UK for the big adventure in Texas, I decided to have a little adventure in England. I sorted all my stuff into the different piles (see here for a better description), took the salvage items to the local charity shop,
watched the shipping and storing items leave my house crammed everything else into my car and set off on a roadtrip around England visiting friends and family around the country.
My hosts mostly have jobs and have to take themselves off to work every morning, while I had my days free. England isn’t that big, so it isn’t as though I was driving all day to see each of the friends. I spent a fair amount of time in various cafes, including motorway service stations reading books, staring out of the window wistfully, composing and writing blog posts.
While in Yorkshire, I decided to break that routine and went to visit the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. The trains weren’t actually running that day, they tend not to during the week outside school holidays. They have got a great shop at Haworth Station which carries a wide range of models as well as postcards and gifts relating to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. If you want to see the railway line in action, you can always watch The Railway Children!
One of the stations along that line is Ingrow, which has a railway museum run by the Vintage Carriage Trust. This volunteer organisation ‘rescues’ and repairs/refurbishes old railway carriages and locomotives, some of which are used on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, as well as loaned out to to other parties at times as film props.
They also have a vast collection of old signs and maps from a wide range of British Railway lines. One of my favourites was this map of the Metropolitan Line:
and the guide to how to deal with air-raids:
Apologies for the poor quality photography, all the more reason for you to go and visit to see it all first hand – the work they do in preserving examples of trains and carriages is only surpassed in the maintenance of basic trade skills to complete the restoration. I’m sure you’ll be as welcome as I was and your contribution by paying the entry will be much appreciated.
- The Railway Children’s transporting magic (guardian.co.uk)
- The best films about rail travel (telegraph.co.uk)