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Severn Valley Railway

Today being Christmas Eve and all that jazz, we'd booked a return trip on the SVR from Kidderminster to Arley.  The stop in Arley gives time to go and visit the big jolly chap in red in his Royal Mail sorting wagon grotto.

We were booked on the two o' clock train leaving Kidderminster and spent a lovely 30 minutes travelling to see Santa, stopping briefly at Bewdley for summat or other.

The countryside between the two stations was looking resplendent in it's icy white blanket and the carriages were suitably warm and cosy.  The start of the journey is a little odd as you run parallel to the mainline for a while and pass modern, ugly industrial estates which give the experience a bit of an odd juxtaposition, but soon the modern life gives way to the countryside and you could quite easily be in the 1950's.

Anyway, here's a few shots I took, including one of the River Severn avec ice flows!
















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And the whole reason we went...

*well not my reason, but you've seen the photo's of that*


bearing

The black dull looking engine was a LMS Stanier Mogul 2-6-0, my Dads favourite engine as these were the workhorses he mostly saw living in Walsall.  I think it's a thing of beauty myself, even with its drab British railways paintwork.

The other engine was a GWR 7800 Class 7812 named Erlestoke Manor, obviously a pretty boy 'cause it's from Gods Wonderful Railway.

We also saw some elephants on our journey. (as you do on a steam train)


Plastic Man

A fine set of pictures, Mr Bearing. Who was the attractive lady with her arm around Heather? Will your wife be upset when she finds out?

I was once a regular visitor to the public house situated at Kidderminster station on the SVR (the King and Castle). A jolly nice pub, serving what has to be one of the finest beers in Britain -  Bathams' Best bitter.

Very similar in style and quality, but possibly more consistently so, compared to Taylor's Landlord.

There, I've said it.

I expect a knock at the door from the Timothy Taylor's beer police at any time.

Bathams have very few outlets - virtually all in the Black Country/ West Midlands. If you get the opportunity, try it.*

*EoO VII, on behalf of the tourist industry situated in a very interesting place, but where most tourists can't be bothered going to**

**Excludes Stratford-upon-Avon
bearing

It was fecking ace, really enjoyed myself.  I think the snow added something to it as well.

The attractive young lady as well you know was sant...

Oh I see, well that fine filly was Mrs t'Bearing.

Sadly I'll not be able to sample the Bathams' as my guts wouldn't take the gluten hit too well!

*perhaps I could sup a pint whilst sitting on the porcelain*
Carp

Lovely bearing. Special times with the family.
Plastic Man

bearing wrote:
perhaps I could sup a pint whilst sitting on the porcelain


The morning-after post-imbibement occupancy of Mr Crapper's Water Closet is something that most real ale drinkers are not unfamiliar with, gluten intolerancy or not...
bearing

Mine happens a lot quicker though
Carp

Is that lovely blonde lady your nurse?
bearing

Carp wrote:
Is that lovely blonde lady your nurse?


Nursemaid
fartcatcher

looks wonderful t'B. Remember taking Fart Major and Minor on there many years ago. A lot of it got washed away in the floods in 2007. I think it was shut for about a year.

Echo what PM says about Bathams. And Holdens, Simkiss and Pardoes as well. Black Country beer is wonderful. They do talk funny there though.
Forest

My six year old niece went to see Santa last week, as they were leaving she said to her mum "Mummy that wasn't the real Santa you know"
"Oh yes it was "
"No it wasn't because he had trainers on"
Dock

Bloody hell T'Bearing, that looks like my kind of day out (apart from the Santa bit). was there any cabbing to report of?


Re: Photos. I have said it before, and I will say it again. There is no way that such a cute kid could possibly have been created from your mongrel blood, FACT!
bearing

Dock wrote:
Bloody hell T'Bearing, that looks like my kind of day out (apart from the Santa bit). was there any cabbing to report of?


Re: Photos. I have said it before, and I will say it again. There is no way that such a cute kid could possibly have been created from your mongrel blood, FACT!


It's a great day out Dock, our next visit there will be on a train pulled by this hopefully

http://www.a1steam.com/

Then there's a Land Rover day in May.

*Land Rovers and steam trains, think I may need re-enforced pants*
Dock

bearing wrote:
Dock wrote:
Bloody hell T'Bearing, that looks like my kind of day out (apart from the Santa bit). was there any cabbing to report of?


Re: Photos. I have said it before, and I will say it again. There is no way that such a cute kid could possibly have been created from your mongrel blood, FACT!


It's a great day out Dock, our next visit there will be on a train pulled by this hopefully

http://www.a1steam.com/

Then there's a Land Rover day in May.

*Land Rovers and steam trains, think I may need re-enforced pants*


Re: Link. The Tornado. Wow! Thats a serious looking loco.

*faints in admiration*
bearing

Top Gear did a special with it in a few years ago.

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