Tale Weaver – #176 – June 21st- Trains

This week the task is to write about trains.

Thanks Michael.

I have some happy memories about trains, from leaning over the footbridge in Poole as the steam trains went under, to the little steam train ride in Poole Park which for sixpence seemed to go on for ages when I was a child, but I could walk the track in less than ten minutes as an adult.

There’s a sand train here on the beach. I don’t know how far up it goes, but it doesn’t come down our end. The sand stretches for miles, but somehow I don’t think it would be a trip into the next major town.

When I was in NZ, I took a trip on the Overlander which took 12 hours to get from Auckland to Wellington. I had a week away, and visited South Island staying over in Picton, Kai Kora (had a whale watch……… WOW!) and Christchurch.

I suppose though the most memorable train ride was coming back off our honeymoon in 1991.
There had been a train strike in Holland and as is the norm, every means of public transport comes to a halt, so we had a bit of a dilemma getting from Amsterdam to The Hague for the ferry at midday. It’s all documented here, so I’ll just fast track to the end.

Once aboard the train from Waterloo, we had to walk several carriages before finding ourselves a seat, and being laden down with luggage and duty free, it wasn’t easy!
Our honeymoon had provided the first ever trip outside the UK for me, and Hubby had arranged it all (bar accommodation and meals) through British Rail. I don’t think they do a similar package now. It was exhausting!


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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3 Responses to Tale Weaver – #176 – June 21st- Trains

  1. stevetanham says:

    As I recall, there was a ‘land train’ at Hengistbury Head, near Bournemouth. Our children loved the combination of a walk, finished off by a train to the beach. I love trains, too, in all their forms.

  2. Michael says:

    Yes Di, great memories, there’s something special about steam trains and train travel in general.

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