Posted in Railways on Sunday 19th October 2008 at 12:52pm
It may be necessary for some to introduce the concept of Microgricing. In short, it's an extension to the urge to cover as much railway track as possible to include the tiniest significant parts of the network, or to do so in all possible directions - this might include like on today's brief jaunt, crossovers between lines. What probably sounds like a fairly odd and solitary sport was actually surprisingly sociable as a few locals turned out for the trip. The plan was to take advantage of engineering works south of Bridgwater which were causing services to terminate at Highbridge, with only a few long distance and empty stock workings getting through the blockade.
The plan was simple, and worked perfectly. Boarded the 10:30 Newcastle train at Highbridge, which was making special stops here and a Bridgwater to preserve otherwise tricky connections. A quick dash to Weston, over the bridge and onto the 10:43 to Highbridge. This took us back via the recently relaid and repositioned crossover at Highbridge East and terminated in the 'wrong platform', with the empty unit trundling off to the Up Loop to await it's return, while passengers for points south shuffled off to a waiting Quantock Motor Services coach.
It might seem odd, and might just be another serious blow to any credibility I retain - but there is more of this going on than you'd ever dream of! A successful, if very brief trip.
I've had a home on the web for more years than I care to remember, and a few kind souls persuade me it's worth persisting with keeping it updated. This current incarnation of the site is centred around the blog posts which began back in 1999 as 'the daylog' and continued through my travels and tribulations during the following years.
I don't get out and about nearly as much these days, but I do try to record significant events and trips for posterity. You may also have arrived here by following the trail to my former music blog Songs Heard On Fast Trains. That content is preserved here too.