Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Nene Valley Railway.

We have been off train spotting again.

The duty engine at the Nene Valley Railway was a very pretty little "Austerity" 0-6-0 saddle tank. The line runs from Peterborough to Yarwell Junction alongside the Nene. Originally built by the London and Birmingham Railway in 1847 it connected Peterborough to the railway system at Blisworth. Eventually it became an important link from East Anglia to the Midlands. Passenger services ended in 1966 and freight finished in 1972. One of the last victims of Dr. Beeching's notorious axe. It is now operated by the Petrborough Railway Society as a heritage railway.

As with most preserved lines it has a few engines in immaculate working order,

Some being refurbished.

Some in desperate need of a little t.l.c.
Nothing better on a warm summers day than wallowing in nostalgia.

Or perhaps playing in the fountains in front of Peterborough Guild Hall.

Watch this space.............

I have been known to mention our interest in medieval graffiti in churches, at last we discover we are not alone in our pursuit of the odd scratchings to be found in many old churches. If you click here there is a very interesting article from the BBC. Perhaps we will no longer attract so many strange looks as we wander around closely studying what appear to be blank walls.

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