The Romance of Steam Trains

Llangollen Steam Railway

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It’s all getting a little steamy

Steam trains have a certain romantic allure, especially if you sit in a carriage like this one depicted by one of my favourite artists, Eric Ravilious.

Eric ravilious trainI love to sit and watch the scenery go by whilst wondering what it would be like to go back in time and ride by steam during its heyday.

This year saw the 75th anniversary of the Mallard breaking the world speed record for steam on Stoke Bank just south of Grantham, Lincolnshire. And next year it is 100 years since the Flying Scotsman began its infamous Edinburgh to London route, clocking 100 mph – the first ever to achieve this speed. To commemorate this we have a feature on the joy of steam travel in the 2014 Dairy Diary, giving a brief history and lots of info on railway-related places to visit.

Llangollen in North Wales gets a mention
and quite rightly so, it’s fabulous!

Thomas-The-Tank-Engine-Llanglloen

I took the whole family to Llangollen railway last weekend for the fantastic Day Out with Thomas. The children got to ride on Daisy, Thomas and Douglas and well as enjoy Thomas-related crafts and face painting.

Face-Painting-with-Thomas-The-Tank-Engine

I’m not sure who was most excited, the children or their dad and grandad! It was a truly lovely family day out and we even got to enjoy the spectacle of a double rainbow sweeping over the river Dee.

Llangollen-Steam-Railway-Rainbow

For more information on where to ride a steam train visit www.heritagerailways.com or buy the 2014 Dairy Diary. It’s available now!

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Cherry Biscuits recipe

Cherry Biscuits recipe

Our picnic aboard Daisy include these scrummy Cherry Biscuits from the Dairy Diary.

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