Up a wee bit today…
I decided to go to York today. When I got to the station, the first train to arrive was packed, so I wandered over to another one, where there was plenty of room. We’d just got past Durham when the train stopped. And stayed there. After a while, we were told that a defect had been detected on the line ahead, and we wouldn’t be moving until it had been inspected and declared safe.
Then we were told that it was in fact borked, and we’d be moving back a bit to cross over to the other line and that this would take a while, as there were trains backed up behind us, and we’d be alternating with northbound trains.
Then we started moving. Slowly, but forwards, and we were eventually told that apparently it was OK after all. Or something. The end result was that a one-hour journey took two hours.
So, it was time for some lunch by the time I got to York, which meant I just had to got to Byron for a burger. This may have involved a Punk IPA as well, and why not…
Then I had a wander around York, popped into the National Railway Museum for a bit, then headed back to the station, where I again shunned the first train on the grounds that people were standing, and I like to sit down when I’m on a train. Got a seat on the next one, and got home.
Here’s one from the National Railway Museum. Evening Star was the last steam locomotive built for British Railways: