Photos Copyright: Maggie May
You may have already learned through an earlier post that my daughter, Deb and grandsons Rick and Dean came to stay for a few days over the Easter Holidays. The weather could have been better but we did manage a really good day out on one of the drier days when we went by car to Bishops Lydeard station near Taunton.
From there, we boarded a steam train to Minehead, a forty mile journey that took one and a half hours. To me it was just like going back in time because that was they way trains were in my youth and I can remember just how long it took to go on what is now, a very simple journey.
Rick and Dean are very passionate about steam trains and spend much of their time studying them, reading journals, playing with models and visiting places with some kind of a steam train theme, such as museums or going on actual steam train journeys.
Such is their interest, that once the boys get talking about steam trains, then it is very difficult to get a word in about anything else.
So when Deb asked me if I'd like to come on this journey, then I was delighted, but knew I was in for an intensive steam train day!
I was looking forward to going to Minehead, a sea side town at the end of the journey but guess what happened?
As soon as we set foot onto the Minehead platform, the boys wanted to get straight back onto the same train and return to Bishops Lyeard, so we did another one and a half hour journey without actually seeing the sea. I did enjoy it though. It was especially good to get out of the house. Harry doesn't like to go far these days and I think the trip would have been too much for him to cope with. I do worry about him when I leave him for the day, though.
When we arrived back to the Bishops Lydeard platform, the train was uncoupled and in order to get it to face the right way round, off it went by itself to get onto the right track to pick up the coaches from the other end for the next journey back to Minehead.
We could have stayed on the train for the whole day on the ticket we bought, but we all felt we'd had enough by then.
It was a really good day out and I would recommend it even to non steam train enthusiasts.