I have been working my way through my ‘bucket list’ of things I wanted to see and do. After the Norfolk Steam Train Tour I had to go to Weston-Super-Mare to see a company that is adding sound decoders to 18 of my locomotives and using the best soundtracks available. I stayed in WSM for two days and took the opportunity to take another return trip on the West Somerset Railway which has the longest heritage railway in the UK; I went on this railway last year with Steam Train Tours.
I planned to spend a week or so walking in the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. I just picked out a location in the middle of the North Yorkshire National Park and found some accommodation at The Board Inn in Hawes. On the way I visited the Barrow Hill Roundhouse. This round house has an operating turntable with 24 roads, originally built in 1870. A spectacular piece of steam era history. (bucket list – tick). I then spent 3 days in York and went to Bettys for breakfast, my favourite Café and tea room (bucket list – tick). After breakfast I went to the huge York National Railway Museum for the rest of the day (bucket list – tick). After checking my UK map I realised as I continued further north to Hawes I would be near Locomotion at Shildon, another huge National Railway Museum, I spent several hours checking it out. (bucket list – check).
I am now in Troutbeck for a week, but more of that in the next tour report.