I have spent 5 days at a lovely cottage, Riding Hills Farm, near Hexham in Northumberland exploring Hadrian’s Wall and associated Roman forts It is hard to imagine that these were built in 122AD with the walls being 4 metres tall.
Steve & Carolyn on narrow boat Emmaus stopped to say good bye as the headed off towards the Crick Boat show. We soon headed on our way back to the marina through a couple of lift bridges after a great week in good company.
What a great week we are having. Whilst staying with David Nottage at his home in Shotley Gate we organized to hire a 47 foot narrow boat for a week from Anglo Welsh Boats starting at Tardebigge near Bromsgrove.
I have just finished having a wonderful week in Cumbria. I wanted to spend some time walking through the fels (hills) of the Lake District but staying away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas. I found a lovely cottage in Troutbeck and booked it for a week.
Another magnificent image from the ARHS archives: an elaborately-decorated French locomotive! Or is it?
101 years ago this month, Victorian Railways A2 1001 was specially decorated for the visit of French General Paul Pau, who toured Australia towards the end of World War I to thank Australian troops for their defence of France against Germany and the other Central Powers. As was typical of visiting dignitaries in that pre-airliner era, General Pau travelled by special train, and A2 1001 was selected to haul it.
The decorations included fleur-de-lis motifs (even on the buffers!), and signs reading Bienvenue (Welcome) and Vive La France (Hooray for France). A2 1001, just one year old when pictured here, continued in service for another 40 years during which time it was renumbered 941. It was eventually withdrawn from service and scrapped in 1959.