© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
With a few well-earned days off, and
the wife at work, and a fine, warm,
sunny afternoon - what could be better
than an hour or two by the lineside?
(Yes, I know...)
I started near Heamies farm, just north of Norton Bridge, but
there was work in progress on the new access road beside the
line, so after a picture or two, I moved a little further north....
...to my spot a little way beyond the Mill Meece steam
(pumping) engines. The light was completely wrong here, so I
stocked up with some lunch at the shop nearby and jumped back
into the car, to find somewhere sensible to eat it.
I was on new territory now - where might there be a reasonable
spot? After driving around in circles for a
while, I found an ideal place by accident.
The location I had seen on the map was
useless - lots of bushes in the wrong place
- but a public footpath ran through the
field beside the line - to a stile up against
the railway boundary fence, just at the
right place in relation to the overhead support posts. It was
comfortable too! Other than the three pictures at Heamies farm,
all the photos on this page were taken at this spot.
So I settled with pastie, banana and pop (!) in the warm
sunshine, to watch the procession of trains up and down this
busy line. In between trains, I watched the antics of a pair of
buzzards as they mewed and wheeled above the nearby trees.
The hours passed quickly, and soon it was time to head back, but
it had been a most pleasant and totally relaxing afternoon.