Up at the crack of dawn today, to catch a train via Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly, where we’ll be joining the 9.47 to Hull. The journey between the northern cities takes a whisker under two hours, so we’ve plenty of time to look at the magnificent Paragon station before finding some lunch (Thieving Harry’s - what a great find!) Next, we’ll take a look at the Humber, starting with Corporation Pier, from where the ferries crossed to Lincolnshire. A little further upstream, adjacent to the active Albert Dock, are the remains of the rail-served Riverside Quay. Everywhere there are odd bits of standard gauge track, reminders of the role the railways played in the docks. Now we’re following the river Hull a little way upstream, as far as Drypool bridge. We’re slowly heading back towards the station, but the Streetlife museum is an excellent distraction - we’d have stayed there longer, but we’d have missed our train.
A day trip to East Yorkshire
By TPE to Hull
© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2019
Geoff’s Rail Diaries
3 June 2019
As we crossed the Pennines, we toyed with the idea of a refreshment break - there would be almost an hour to wait at Piccadilly for the next Shropshire-bound service. When we checked the timetables, we spotted warnings of possible delays to Manchester - Cardiff trains (”track safety inspection”), and decided we’d head for Crewe without further delay. “There’s usually something interesting at Crewe”. The “interesting” something turned out to be “Rail Operations Group” 37611 Pegasus on a train of barrier vans (or something of that ilk). It arrived at platform 5, and stayed there for a little while, apparently causing chaos to other trains due to use that platform, before eventually making a noisy departure. Meanwhile, our train (according to RealtimeTrains) had arrived just outside the station - and there it remained. “Passengers … should await further announcements”. Oh dear! It arrived getting on for half- an-hour late, and duly took us homewards. A long day, but a most interesting and enjoyable one.
Class 144 departure... ...heading out from the overall roof A Bridlington train arrives Our train's still here Station exterior - former southern entrance Corporation Pier Station, MS&L More old tracks Remains of Riverside Quay Remains of Riverside Quay Active docks; disused tracks Old tracks in the old docks Relic from the docks - timber bogie Kitson-built steam tram, Streetlife museum Former Ryde Pier tram Sentinel "Frank Galbraith" 9629 of 1957 NER mineral brake van Level crossing scene Hull tram, Streetlife museum Took a wrong turn somewhere? GWR HST at Hull 37611 arrives at Crewe... ... and later, makes a noisy departure Welcome to Hull Paragon concourse - Philip Larkin Old tracks in the old docks Railway scene, Streetlife museum
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For more Hull scenes - boats, buildings and bridges etc - visit Day trip to Hull on geoffspages.blog