Bury St Edmunds

iving into the grand Victorian station onboard a Great Anglia class 755, my first impressions of Bury St Edmunds were of a once important town that has found itself of diminishing importance in recent years. The station building was much too grand for its three services every two hours between Ipswich, Cambridge and Peterborough and the large gap between the east and westbound lines hinted at through lines once being present.

Crewe Heritage Centre – Exploring Britain’s Railway History

Arriving at Crewe onboard one of East Midlands Railway’s class 156s from Derby, I ventured out of the station for what was, despite numerous trips to, from and via Crewe, the first time. With my destination not mentioned on any of the directional signage out on the street, I was in the hands of Google Maps and thankfully, after a walk of about 15-minutes, arrived at the gates of Crewe Heritage Centre.

Lincoln

the Iron Age, a settlement has existed on the banks of the River Witham, developing into Lindum Colonia in Roman times before becoming the city of Lincoln as it is today. Unofficially split into the ‘Uphill’ and ‘Downhill’ areas, the two are most directly connected by the well named Steep Hill, a famous landmark of the city. Having arrived in Lincoln onboard LNER’s ‘Lincoln Experience Train’, I had the best part of the day to explore the city before heading home.

Derby Does it Better!

Derby, the Roman town of Derventio, one of the five boroughs of the Danelaw and one of the birth places of the Industrial Revolution, is located on the banks of the River Derwent about 20 miles from the furthest point from the sea in the UK. More importantly to me, Derby is my hometown (well a town nearby is) and where my parents live and so, early last month we headed over for the day to explore the city’s new ‘Museum of Making’ and ‘Ram Trail’.

Knaresborough

Straddling the River Nidd, the North Yorkshire town of Knaresborough is a historic market and spa town that has existed since before the Domesday book. Just a few miles east of Harrogate, the town is easily accessible from Leeds and York, making it a perfect location for a day out by train. I visited the town as part of my Yorkshire railday and so only spent an hour exploring before continuing on to York, but it is definitely worth a visit.