northernvicar May 2023

On May 1 May I woke about 0500, listened to the dawn chorus, and thought “I’ve retired!” Time to pack, but also to find some trains. The Severn Valley Railway on Saturday 6 May was a good way of avoiding the Coronation, and the Middleton line took the Bank Holiday Monday.

While we were in Lincoln, back in the last Millennium, we visited the trolley bus museum at Sandtoft. I remember the highlight being fish and chips for lunch on a bus. I had always been meaning to go back, and we managed it on Sunday 14 May (now I’m retired). The museum has developed. Not a huge run round, but each bus makes several circuits in both directions, and you can see how they deal with the overhead wiring and all the technology. They are lovely and quiet – a technology we should have hung on to.

We also visited Blyborough and Kirton churches, and have blogged them separately.

An afternoon trip to Stratford, and a lovely walk beside the Cromford Canal. The blossom has been stunning this year.

I needed to do the Matlock line – bit daft not to have done the one so near home! Then the Churnet Valley and Foxfield Railways on Sunday 28 May.

Then a few nights in Northumberland at the end of the month, with a ride on the Metro. We’ll be moving north in a few weeks.

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