The evening of Friday 21st January 1876 was not a pleasant one for Huntingdonshire, with blizzards raging across the county leading to poor visibility and overall poor conditions. It was these conditions that led to the Abbots Ripton rail disaster, the worst rail accident in the county and one which changed some of the fundamental practices of the railways for the better.
Following on from my Railway Bucket List earlier in the year, I’ve decided to do an Aviation Bucket List covering 10 flights that I really want to tick off at some point in my lifetime. It goes without saying that I’d like to tick off some of the great Business and First-class offerings available, but this is about the flights themselves and not the airlines or products.
Just as we all thought there was some semblance of order to this series of blogs and vlogs with me heading further and further north from Peterborough, I decided to mix it all up a bit and head to London to do the six most southerly stations on the East Coast Mainline (ECML). From the bustle of the terminus of King’s Cross, via the busy commuter station at Finsbury Park to the suburban stations of Harringay, Hornsey, Alexandra Palace and New Southgate, this section of the ECML is very varied with plenty to see and do.
For episode three of Exploring the East Coast, I once again decided to head north and tick off the next two stations beyond Newark, the Nottinghamshire town of Retford and the South Yorkshire railway town that is Doncaster.
From the Middle East we head back away from home for this instalment of 5 Places to Visit and find ourselves in Asia, earth’s largest continent. From the Ural Mountains in the west to the Bering strait in the east, Asia is possibly the world’s most diverse continent with plenty to see and do.
a couple of years away, East Midlands Railway (EMR) has needed additional rolling stock to fill the gap. Whilst the introduction of class 360s on the new EMR Connect services has helped by freeing up some class 222 Meridian’s, four former Hull Trains class 180s have been sourced to fill that gap for a couple of years.