Saturday, 23 May 2015

Steaming off to the Severn Valley

Not literally of course, you can't do that on a narrowboat. No, we have spent the day on the Severn Valley Railway.
Since we last blogged from Audlem we have spent a leisurely few days making our way down the 'Shropie' to arrive at Wightwick on the Staffs. & Worc. Canal, mooring near to Wightwick Manor which we visited last year, but was well worth another look, especially since out NT membership got us in for free.
 As we passed the Wolverhampton Boat Club the other day we spotted Kev. on board Mystique111 and arranged to meet up yesterday in 'The Mermaid' for a pint. It was good to catch up with Kev & Julie again and exchange boating news.
Today was our chance to do the Severn Railway at last. Catching the bus to Bridgnorth we made our way to the station and purchased our tickets. Missing out the first train (diesel) we boarded the steam train and settled into the first carriage behind the engine. This location is the optimum for the sounds of the whistle and the engine as well as the unique smell of a steam locomotive.
The scenery on the line is superb, following the river as it does and crossing the canal on a high viaduct. There were several trains on the line and we passed two or three at various halts on the journey to Kidderminster, 17 miles away. The size of the stations and the number of trains gives it more of the atmosphere that railways used to have.
The weather was perfect, we even had a G & T from the refreshment trolley on the train, and we arrived back at the bus stop just in time to catch the bus back to our mooring.

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