Friday, 28 January 2011


I must have got this when I was about four years old. Although i don't actually remember the exact date I do remember my parents buying it for me in the original shop at the National Railway Museum! I suspect if I wanted a book like this my interest must have taken hold of me fully by this point!

To look at it now, it seems a rather old fashioned book with the painted illustrations but looking at it now they're delightful really. The descriptions are accurate too. Looking at the entries is very interesting in its own right - I don't know of many four year olds which can write the date like that! But also the 'cops' rekindle all sorts of memories. Memories such as my first foreign holiday when I was five and we went to Austria - by train! What could be a better experience for a railway-mad five year old?! Travelling so far by train and by a sleeper service too! The notes of third rail EMUs provide remind me of the excitement of seeing these for the first time!

Perhaps it is very much of its time but it is a book which I treasure!

Friday, 7 January 2011

The Ashes

And England have won and retained the Ashes!

Three one victory in the series against Austrailia - great stuff! It's an excellent indication that test cricket is not only alive and well but also thriving.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy New Year!

Or Good Riddance 2010!

Happy New Year!

So the whole world has now made it through into 2011 and we've left 2010 behind - and I'm glad to see the back of 2010 as it's not been a great year. But some recent news should hopefully mean 2011 will be a much better year. At least I hope it will, if it's not I'm giving up on life and I'm going to live in a cardboard box under a bridge!

So we started the new year with a relaxing day out with Fish and Chips in Wetwang! Very nice, indeed.

After our chips we headed towards Malton, but the back through Burdale where the road very closely follows the path of the Malton and Driffield Railway and can make for a fascinating visit. Burdale is a beautiful part of the wold, by-passed by most traffic as people head north towards Pickering and the Moors.

Hopefully one day trains will one day run again along this line - if the Yorkshire Wolds Railway Restoration Project succeed, which I think they ultimately will, then this is a distinct possibility.