Pacers, Pints and the Pennines.

The other weekend I joined a couple of mates from work for a bit of a beer crawl from Leeds to Stalybridge, stopping off at ‘all shacks’ for a pint in a well located pub adjacent to the station…. as Oly said, we were working to a schedule that could only be devised by a bunch of train planners…


Needless to say, a quality time was had by all, with much top quality beer being consumed, and many pacers being ridden upon As we went from station to station. For anyone who has not done this tour, I thoroughly recommend it, and photos from the day hopefully sell the benefits a day in this part of the world can bring, I was even brave enough to point the camera lenses at the pride of the UK multiple unit fleet for the record:


Following a night in Leeds, with a top quality curry consumed (what else), we spent the next day ‘route learning’ (ok, maybe cranking a bit) around West, North, East and South Yorkshire, covering a few interesting places – the main highlights being Gilberdyke with its semaphores (for more information see James Wells’ Eastmoor blog as James works in the box there) where we changed trains with a brief photo stop:


After a trip via Doncaster, where the newly opened Refreshment Rooms on platform 3 were visited, (and should be by everyone as it is absolutely bloody quality) we found ourselves on the once a day service from Leeds to Goole via Knottingley, passing a few notable landmarks en route:

Disused platforms at Castleford Station:


Kellingley Colliery, the last deep coal mine in the U.K. To close last year, a sad sight…


Goole Signal box, in a somewhat unique setting:


And a gratuitous shot of our 144 in all its finery, as it prepared to carry out the once a day shunt at Goole from the down to up lines in the rain:


Well it’s definitely a different way to spend a weekend!

Chris 

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2 thoughts on “Pacers, Pints and the Pennines.

  1. Wish I could have been there. M
    On 30 May 2017 22:25, “The Model Railways of Oly Turner and Chris Matthews” wrote:
    > otcm posted: “The other weekend I joined a couple of mates from work for a > bit of a beer crawl from Leeds to Stalybridge, stopping off at ‘all shacks’ > for a pint in a well located pub adjacent to the station…. as Oly said, > we were working to a schedule that could onl” >

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