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Vintage Railway Memorabilia

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On my recent trip on the steam train at Llangollen I couldn’t help but be impressed with their random collection of Vintage Memorabilia. I especially liked the collections of vintage suitcases.

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There were lots of vintage signs.

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I saw highly collectable “posters”( I can’t wait to visit Cornwall again!) Finally, I just had to add this one, cheekily displayed by the gents loo!image

 

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Bernina Express

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One really exciting trip when I was I Italy was a journey on the Bernina Express along the World Heritage site to Saint Moritz Switzerland. The Bernina railway is a single-track 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge railway line forming part of the Rhaetian Railway (RhB). It links the spa resort of St. Moritz, in the Canton of Graubünden, Switzerland, with the town of Tirano, in the Province of Sondrio, Italy, via the Bernina Pass. Reaching a height of 2,253 metres (7,392 ft) above sea level, it is the highest railway crossing in Europe and the third highest railway in Switzerland. It also ranks as the highest adhesion railway of the continent, and – with inclines of up to 7% – as one of the steepest adhesion railways in the world

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The railway is a World Heritage site which took me to St, Moritz.

I had looked forward to the visit to St Moritz but was disappointed to find characterless buildings, uber expensive shops and not many people around. There was a beautiful frozen lake on which the winter sports season had just finished. There was certainly no charity shops!! Actually St Moritz was all “fur coats and no knickers” which had no sole. I did invest in coffee and streudal which was OK but nearly required a mortgage

Walking to Ilfracombe

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Walking to Ilfracombe

We decided to walk into Ilfracombe on a lovely sunny day. After we had negotiated a narrow, busy lane from the camp site in Damage Barton, we joined the cycle route C27 into Ilfracombe. This was along a disused railway line, tarmaced,and fairly flat. (Thank you Dr Beeching!) Benji so enjoyed the walk of about 5 miles. The wild flowers were stunning and the scenery delightful. I did wonder how lovely the rail journey would have been had the rail service remained open

Dr Beeching produced a government report in 1963 which resulted in the closure of most if not all, of the rural railways and stations in Great Britain. There is great debate as to the wisdom of this but the infrastructure of that time did not support the modernisation from steam to electric. Come back steam I say!!
I must add that I did cheat and get the bus back!