Posted in Railways on Monday 30th August 2004 at 9:27pm


A Bank Holiday is a time to get out of Weston, or to be swamped by day trippers. Having a day left on my Rover, it was just a case of where I would end up today. Set out early enough to leave me a few options, with a quick run to Bristol on a Voyager which was quiet but seemed to be heavily reserved from Bristol onward. Decided to head for South Wales, and found myself practically the only passenger on a Cardiff-bound unit.

Alighted at Newport and found old friend 'Nunney Castle' in attendance hauling the 'Carmarthen Cavalier' railtour. Lots of spectators, and plenty of steam. Enjoyed the sunshine and photo opportunities.

5029 'Nunney Castle' at Newport
5029 'Nunney Castle' at Newport

Next, a quick and pleasant trip alongside the Wye and the Severn to Gloucester. Dangerously short of reading material, I took the opportunity to wander into the city and buy something else from my list. Again, enjoyed stress free atmosphere of Gloucester's shopping areas.

Onto a Swindon bound Adelante, starting out in bright sunshine but heading into the clouds by the time we arrived. Swindon very quiet - in part because of the much altered timetable due to engineering works between Reading and London. Not much heading west within a reasonable time, so opted for a service back to Bristol Parkway, and thence a solidly packed Voyager into Temple Meads.

Considered calling it a day here, but that would have been too easy! Over to Platform 15, and the Class 31's on the 1428 to Weymouth. Very slow running, regulated to allow a late-running Portsmouth service to pass seconds after leaving the station, and by Westbury we were twelve minutes down. During the trip heard gossip that one of the other pair of 31's was likely to head back to Derby during the week for urgent attention. Disembarked at Westbury and looked at options for getting home. Heading to Taunton would mean a long wait there for a Weston service, so headed back on the 1607 to Bristol, along with some incredibly rude and annoying cyclists. Made a quick change for the 1655 to Weston on arriving at Temple Meads.

The crowds of Bristolian day-trippers had just started to trickle back to the station at Weston, and security had just arrived for the evening. Purchased supplies, and battened down the hatches...

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