Monday, 18 August 2014

Retrospectives - Severn Valley Railway

Retrospectives - Looking back at old memories to bring the past into the future.

A visit on a rather wet day to Severn Valley Railway and their engine house.


The ticket office was wonderful and a real step back in time to the Miss Marple days of old.



The arrangements of cases and trunks and so on arrayed on the platform and around the station really added to the atmosphere.












You cannot really see from these pictures, but the line passes by a Safari Park, and this was the elephant enclosure, complete with elephant in the picture below!








































I apologise for the blurriness, I have kept these shots as they show if nothing else the progression of my photography!

Although it was a wet day on our visit, it was a great day out I remember and if you have train fans in your family, they would love it I am sure, but it would be a good day out even if you are not a train fan for the most part.  What could be nicer than sitting back and watching the world go by!  There is something for everyone and if you want to just relax you can and if you are more serious about trains there is lots to see and do and find out too.

Amy

36 comments:

  1. Our grandchildren love trains, we have taken them to York railway museum a few times and also the Santa steam train when we had Christmas at Aviemore. A lovely post.

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  2. I can see I am going to have to make a visit there. City Of Truro was workon on the Cholsey & Wallingford line a few years ago, go a few photos of it.

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  3. Lovely! You can feel a slower pace of life oozing through xx

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  4. What a fantastic collection of Steam Engine Memorabilia and loved your photos.
    Might visit it myself not I know this exists - thank you.
    Glad you managed to get out and enjoy yourself ~ Hugs, Eddie :)

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  5. That looked a wonderful day out Amy. It's lovely to see the station, platform and trains all as they were in their heyday, very nostalgic. I will try and visit there when in the area.
    Thanks for sharing it all Amy, I know how time consuming it is to prepare a big post like this with all the photos!
    I hope your parents dog is continuing to make good progress, such a worry for you all but now you have a ray of hope.
    Take care Amy
    lots of love
    Gill xx

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  6. It was lovely seeing those photos and my young brother who is intellectually disabled and is a real steam buff would love it. Thanks and take care.

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  7. Looks like a great place to visit. I love trains and travelling by train. Unfortunately there are very few train lines left in Northern Ireland.

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  8. This looks like such a fun place to visit. It's almost like stepping back in time!

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  9. I love those old stations with the station cafe and porters on hand to help with the luggage, nothing like that these days with all the hustle and bustle which surrounds train travel. There's York Railway Museum not too far away and we've also visited Embsay and Bolton Abbey steam railway on numerous occasions.

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  10. What an amazing place and journey ..... Ooooh I love steam trains!
    love Jooles x x x

    P.S Thank you for your kind comment x

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  11. I can smell the engines as I read! We love steam railways; the boys were big Thomas fans in their youth!

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  12. I travelled on this line (in a steam train) to Bridgenorth when I was eighteen.I was with my friend's family...her Dad wanted to relive his RAF days We had a fabulous day.
    Thanks for the memories!
    Jane x

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  13. It looks a great day out, Amy. I bet those old suitcases and trunks could tell a story or two, if they were able to talk! Thanks for sharing all of your pictures. X

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  14. Interesting! The train stations in Europe are fascinating to me. All we have is our light rail system and people use it but it really isn't a strong fixture.

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  15. Neat old trains. I used to love to ride the train, and enjoyed a trip across the west to California from Texas a couple of years ago with family. I just don't like having to sleep on the train (or not sleep!)

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  16. My son would LOVE this!!! In fact I am showing him right now!!! And he is beyond excited!!! Thank you for passing this one on!!! Nicole xoxo

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  17. Very interesting post! It reminds me of Thomas the Train which my grandsons love. :) We only have one passenger train route left in our Maritime Provinces now. Such a shame. As a girl and teen we traveled the train often to visit family and now those trains and tracks are gone, most of them turned into the Trans Canada Trail system. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. I'd have loved that trip. I used to take Violet the Railway Museum in York quite a lot when we lived there. We both loved looking at all those old trains.
    Thanks for sharing xx

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  19. I really enjoy trains. This looks like such a beautifully maintained train and the scenery you passed is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Fun tour!! Thank you for taking us along, Amy. My grandsons love trains; they'd love to visit here. blessings ~ tanna

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  21. It is fantastic that that railway station is so well preserved !! Must be truly wonderful to visit !

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  22. Funny you should post this today. My son just got back from touring the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum in Ronks, Pennsylvania. He had some beautiful pictures of "heavy iron" ....many similar the the engines you photographed. Aren't they BEAUTIFUL in their own way. Can you imagine being one of the people that built these amazing machines?

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  23. What a brilliant outing. The engines are fascinating, and the old-style station is wonderful. Exactly the kind of thing we love to do. You've captured the beautifully maintained machinery really well. CJ xx

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  24. I love these photos. This a great look back in history.

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  25. Really lovely post - We used to travel on the Bridgnorth to Kidderminster Steam Train every year on our Wedding Anniversary as a treat - it is our Wedding Anniversary tomorrow in fact but we have now moved so won't be going on our annual treat, it was so lovely to read about the railway, how timely. Thank you very much.

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  26. America is known for being founded on the railway, though we rarely use the rail anymore at all, you can still get Amtrack, but it's not as popular as other forms of transport. I love that I can still take trains all over in England.
    I love your photos, I would have wanted to run away with that vintage looking luggage!
    Tammy x

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  27. Looks like you had a great day out.

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  28. lovely pictures!! I love steam engines, it makes me feel like I've gone back in town. What a wonderful story about Gordon! xx

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  29. What a great post... I love the SVR, it's such a lovely day out. Next time you come up this way, let me know - Kidderminster is only 30mins away! I took our visiting friends just a couple of weeks ago and we had a lovely day too. xx

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  30. Looks like a fabulous day out. I adore those leather cases I have my dad's brown one. wonderful photos and such a great history lesson .Thank you for sharing Amy.

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  31. What a wonderful outing; my son would have loved it xxx

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  32. What a fun place to visit! Those old engines look very impressive.

    Happy week!

    Madelief

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  33. Hey Amy, on the map of the SVR route, I do my belly dance class at Jackfield. That is why we are called the Severn Sisters. We love going on the train. We leave from Bridgnorth (about 7 miles from our house) and normally get off at Highley to look around the engine house. My girls like the queens carriage. Thanks for always stopping by my blog. Jo x
    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk

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  34. I grew up in a railroad town and love to read the stories from the railways. These are beauties and oh the stories they must tell. The first photo makes me think of the railroad in Downton Abby.

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  35. It's so good to see the railway enthusiasts doing their bit, I think it's the same all over the country as we have some great steam railways and lines here too.

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  36. My little boy would love it here! The trains look very impressive and well maintained too. Thanks for sharing! :)

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