Thorne Memorial Park Miniature Railway, Thorne, Nr Doncaster
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A Visit to Keithley on Sunday 9th September 2012

Preserved Keighley Trolleybus of 1924 vintage which was on display in the College Campus car par as part of the Keighley Town Council and the Keighley Bus Museum Trust (KBMT)  celebrating the 80th anniversary of the end of Keighley's municipal public transport and the start of privately operated public transport in the town with a vintage vehicle display.  To see more photographs you can visit my Facebook

The access to Platform 1 and 2. About to depart from Platform 2 is the 2.35 for Skipton From Keithley Railway Station

Ingrow Carriage Museum and the Locomotive Workshops at Haworth

Durham Railway Station

Durham Railway Station 14th September 2012
The railway station at Durham serves the city of Durham, England on the East Coast Main Line. The railway station is managed by East Coast. It is a small station considering the importance of it serving the City of Durham and being a principal stop on the East Coast Main Line and is called at by many East Coast and Cross Country services travelling the route.
The travel time between Durham and London King's Cross, 254 miles (409 km) south, is around three hours on a high-speed East Coast service.
Durham was originally served by three stations but none of these survive today. Today's station was built in 1857, the current Durham railway station and the viaduct immediately to the south were built, but it was not on the main line. It was built as a terminus to a branch from Bishop Auckland. However, in 1871 a new line was built from the existing main line at Tursdale to the new Durham station, then continued to Newcastle Central via Chester-le-Street. This soon became the main line.
The Gilesgate branch closed in 1965.

Capturing the atmosphere of Platform 2 on Durham station including the Scots Pine growing between the tracks of Platform 2 and the through line. A view from the Costa Coffee Bar on Platform 2.
The station was refurbished between 2006 and 2008 by operator GNER and later National Express which included a new lounge, toilets, travel centre, glazed waiting area, lifts and shops. The entrance and booking hall were moved from the 'temporary' 1960s building into the original stone building following renovation and repairs. The renovations were completed in early 2008 and the newly renovated station won Best Medium Station and Overall Station of the Year at the 2008 National Rail Awards.

Meanwhile down on a Farm near Durham

On the campsite that we stayed on it just so happened to have a miniature railway and the farmer was only too pleased to bring out some rolling stock that he had made. I will leave you for the moment as time has run out to add photos etc. Is that a plastic locomotive from the front of a supermarket can it be adapted to 7 1/4 gauge operation?

Wortley Top Forge Railway September 2012

A last minute visit to Wortley Top Forge Railway despite a terrible weather forecast. Cloudy it was but only with a brief shower ahead of the main rain area that arrived shortly after teatime. Here we see the LMS 4-4-0 "Sir Walter Raleigh" being steamed ready to go into service. The locomotive was built in 1948 and served for sometime at the late Bridlington Harbour Railway. Sorry I cannot trace any details on this one.

The battery electric locomotive "Rusty" ready to enter service on Platform 1. To the right we see some interesting track work here which is not multi-gauge. We see part of the joint track arrangement for the 400mm industrial museums track and the miniature railway sharing the the same track bed. To the right is one of the steaming bays.   

The industrial museums track enters one of the workshops. The track gauge is 400mm the same gauge as was used in France for the World War 1 trenches. In the original Forge building there are many working exhibits which that are brought to life including three water wheels. A guided tour is well worth joining in at any part.

The 'V Skip' wagons were originally built by Decauville, of Essonne, France. All four have since been given bearings and axle boxes from Hudsons of Leeds, but still retaining the original 400mm gauge. For more details of the two railways and the museum go to:

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