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The Butlins Express pulls into Dunster

By AlexandraSD  
I am not an anorak, I dont even own an anorak, and i certainly do not have a ring bound notepad with train names and numbers within...

But I had to take this train journey, as it had been 20 odd years since i last went on a train, and this was my first time on a steam train, so it had to be done, simple as that!

I loved it, it took over an hour to reach Bishops Lydeard,,and slightly longer to return to Dunster, the return journey was such a hot one, I think all the passengers were melting in the 31 degrees heat, but a few glasses of Cider helped Wink I felt like a movie starr on that train, everyone waves at you as you pass by, which was really sweet, and the train had plenty of character!

As we waited for the train to arrive, everyone on the platform was excited to see it, and we all took our positions when it came into view to grab some images, this one is my favourite!

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26 Jun 2017 10:48AM
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dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1965 England
26 Jun 2017 2:54PM
There's soemthing wonderfully relaxed and old-fashioned about a steam train on a preserved line... The days when you could get ANYWHERE by train...

I spent 16 years commuting by train, and modern trains are less fun. Some are now faster: though many are not, and some a lot slower.

It took until the Noughties for the times from places like Birmingham or Stoke to London to beat the prewar schedules, I think. And remember that Mallard achieved 126 mph in July 1938, running up the East Ccoast line.

(I do have an anorak, but my notebook is purely for model and film details...)
AlexandraSD 11 773 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2017 4:14PM

Quote:There's soemthing wonderfully relaxed and old-fashioned about a steam train on a preserved line... The days when you could get ANYWHERE by train...

I spent 16 years commuting by train, and modern trains are less fun. Some are now faster: though many are not, and some a lot slower.

It took until the Noughties for the times from places like Birmingham or Stoke to London to beat the prewar schedules, I think. And remember that Mallard achieved 126 mph in July 1938, running up the East Ccoast line.

(I do have an anorak, but my notebook is purely for model and film details...)



This train probably did 26pmh at its fastest, most of the time much slower I think but i could be wrong, at times it seemed like a gentle crawl!
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1965 England
27 Jun 2017 5:28PM
Yup, that sounds like the lines I've travelled on. The thing is, though, that rail routes are often so much more direct that thye don't need to go that fast to get there sooner than driving...

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