Friday, October 31, 2014

The Beehive, Liverpool

The Beehive pub in Liverpool, or one of them at least.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Upgrading the towpath

The canal towpath in Erdington is being upgraded. Hopefully the new tarmac will be more pleasant to walk on after heavy rain than the old track!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


The waterbus runs a circuit in Birmingham at the heart of the canal network.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014


Bilingual sign on the beach at Aberystwyth (though the English version could do with replacing).

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Monty's Humber Super Snipe

Seen in the Coventry Transport Museum this Humber Super Snipe was Montgomery's "victory car" which the Field Marshal used from D-Day onwards to the end of the war.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Liverpool's catholic cathedral, the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (or Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King) built in the 1960s.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dockyard cranes

Dockyard cranes in the East End of London. Quite a few cranes survive in the old dockland area though most seem purely decorative these days.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


I'm half Scouse though i don't go up North that much, yesterday though i went up to my Dad's home town. Liverpool has changed a lot from when i used to see my Nan back in the 80s and early 90s, it seems very hip and gentrified in the city centre now with the Albert Dock development and so on, of course the suburbs could be a different story as it is with Birmingham. It was so nice to visit and it bought back plenty of memories, i took quite a few photos too of course.

Aberystwyth harbour

A lovely collection of boats in Aberystwyth harbour.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Bridgnorth is a lovely town in Shropshire, not only the HQ of the Severn Valley Railway but also home to a funicular railway that links the low and high parts of the town. Neither can be seen in this photograph however!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Upgrading the towpath

The canal near my house is having its towpath upgraded (which is a good thing as it becomes a quagmire after a bit of rain).

Thursday, October 9, 2014


The Pacifics got the glory but the railways were kept going in the steam age by hard working 0-6-0s like this 4F seen here at the Severn Valley Railway.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

York city wall

You can walk along the old battlements along part of the surviving city wall of York.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Coventry ring road

Like Birmingham Coventry is notorious for its road system especially its ring road which some call a concrete strait jacket on the city... but then again people need some means of getting to places don't they?!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Autumn is coming

After a late burst of Summer Autumn seems to be firmly with us now, here is a scene from 2012.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

SVR Diesel Gala

While my interest in railways dates from my school days i've never been to a gala often held by preserved lines, until this weekend when i attended the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. And a great day it was indeed, i was able to travel behind 2 locomotives i've never really been much of a fan  of... though i am warming to them (a class 52 Western and a class 55 Deltic) and two i've always loved (a class 40 Whistler and a class 20 Chopper!) It was great travelling along with my head out of the window listening to the diesel roar (and no doubt inhaling enough fumes to shorten my life by a few years). The best part was returning to Kidderminster behind the class 20, the engine roar in the tunnel was sheer poetry. Here you can see the photos i took.

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Paddington station in West London, still bearing the signs of its former owners the GWR.