Posted in Railways on Monday 31st January 2005 at 11:57pm
First day of my now annual 'trying to use up annual leave' week, which traditionally seems to occur in February. Having planned ahead a little, was able to get reasonably cheap tickets for a trip to Crewe. Despite a promising start to the day, the sun disappeared around Bristol. Quick change onto a four-car Voyager which was booked for a five-car set, and a crowded and fractious run, with lots of angsty students refusing to pay. Surprise sighting of a convoy of five Virgin 57/3 Thunderbirds heading down the Trent Valley at Stafford.
Arrived at a damp, misty Crewe station. I've passed through a few times, but I think I'd probably not set foot on the station since 1999. Not much had changed, and the glass canopies were in even worse repair. Relived memories of the mainline Deltic workings - happy days! Explored a bit, got binoculars out for a look at the scrapline, then settled in to see what happened.
Posted in Railways on Saturday 29th January 2005 at 1:52pm
With extended jaunts planned for next week, stayed very local today. Out on the 0830 Voyager to Bristol Temple Meads to watch the arrival of 6024 'King Edward I' on 'The Devonian' tour to Plymouth which could be seen steaming away at Barton Hill in the distance. Started out a very pleasant morning, but soon clouded over. This didn't stop the steam enthusiasts however, and there were large crowds in the usual spots at the London end of the station as the tour arrived with 67022 in charge.
Posted in Railways on Thursday 27th January 2005 at 10:40pm
Slipped out of work this morning to watch the first visit of a 'Western' to Weston in something like twenty-eight years! Quite a crowd in evidence on arrival. Wandered over to Platform 1 and waited for a terminating unit to arrive. D1015 arrived just a few minutes later, after what had been a troubled journey from Gloucester.
Posted in Computers on Sunday 23rd January 2005 at 10:01pm
I've moved a few things around on the site, which will hopefully make things easier to find. Firstly, I've condensed the galleries into categories roughly based on people and places - which should make things easier for adding more in future. The railway galleries are also a little easier to get to - but are still in a different format to the rest of the site for now.
I've also added a page for the Wessex Class 158/9 Fleet, and tidied up the side bar a little.
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.