Taking the West Somerset Railway to Minehead

I’ve never really classed myself as a train enthusiast. I enjoy travelling by train, and I do find there is something rather magical about steam trains, but I’m not mad about them. However, when I found out that part of The Blogger’s Retreat Visit Somerset trip was a ride on the West Somerset Railway, I did get a little bit excited. There’s something rather quaint about heritage railways that makes them rather appealing. I’m not an expert, but in my experience the stations are usually very pretty, the railway is usually run by volunteers, and it’s a lovely way to watch the countryside go by. The West Somerset Railway certainly fitted that description! View Post

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway line is a heritage railway line which runs old diesel and steam engines. I’m not a train enthusiast, but the route sounded interesting, was easily accessible from Bradford (trains run regularly to Keighley direct from Bradford Forster Square) and included a stop at Haworth, somewhere I had visited before but was keen to return. Also, there’s just something pretty exciting about steam engines! As it was, the day out became one of the highlights of our long weekend in Bradford. View Post

Would you like the window seat?

Since I was first old enough to purchase a young person’s railcard, I have travelled quite regularly by train across the UK. It’s easy, convenient and depending on where you are travelling can be quite cheap as well. I’ve also travelled by train in other countries, notably when I went interrailing with a group of friends. Stations are fantastic places to people-watch, as are trains themselves, and as you begin to stack up the number of journeys you have taken, you begin to spot patterns in people’s behaviours. One of these is the classic window seat discussion. View Post