DAY TRIPS BY TRAIN - 2021

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PENZANCE TO PLYMOUTH 28 JUN 2021


We were on holiday in Penzance Cornwall this year and took a couple of trips out by train. This first one, when the weather was a little overcast, was a great journey through Cornwall and over the Royal Albert bridge to Plymouth.

After arriving at Plymouth station we walked to the City centre and out to West Hoe which overlooks Plymouth Sound. We then followed the road along the seafront, past Plymouth Hoe and through the old town by Sutton Harbour. Our route then took us past the Plymouth Gin factory and back to the City centre shopping area before returning to the station.



Penzance stationSW4730 : Penzance Station and Harbour by Roy Hughes]The Tamar & Royal Albert BridgeSX4358 : The Royal Albert Bridge - River Tamar by Roy Hughes
Plymouth stationSX4755 : Plymouth Station Platforms 5 and 6 by Roy HughesPlymouth Hards, West HoeSX4753 : Plymouth Hards by Roy Hughes
The Tinside LidoSX4753 : Plymouth Tinside Lido by Roy HughesSmeaton's Tower on the HoeSX4753 : Smeaton Tower Plymouth Hoe by Roy Hughes
The BarbicanSX4853 : The Barbican Plymouth by Roy Hughes



PENZANCE TO ST. MAWES VIA THE FALMOUTH BRANCH LINE 30 JUNE 2021


The weather was much better on this day when we took the train from Penzance to Truro where we changed to the branch line for Falmouth Town station.

An easy walk took us through the town to the Prince of Wales Pier to catch the ferry to St Mawes. This twenty minute crossing took us across the harbour, with great views of Pendennis and St Mawes castles, to St Mawes.

St Mawes is a very pretty, and up-market, riverside town with plenty of very attractive buildings, shops and pubs.

Another ferry ride took us back to Falmouth for the return journey to Penzance.


Penzance stationSW4730 : Penzance station by Roy HughesTruro stationSW8144 : Truro Station and Footbridge by Roy HughesArriving in St MawesSW8433 : Arriving by ferry at St Mawes by Roy Hughes
Marine ParadeSW8432 : Marine Parade St Mawes by Roy HughesSt Mawes CastleSW8432 : St Mawes Castle from the ferry by Roy HughesFalmouth Docks stationSW8132 : Falmouth Docks station by Roy Hughes



CARDIFF AND PENARTH - SECOND TIME LUCKY 8 JULY 2021


Took the train from Worcestershire Parkway to Penarth with a change of trains at Cardiff. Same split as on the 31st May trip.

This time, the service to Penarth was operating normally and we were able to visit this interesting seaside time for the first time. The High Street was alive and well with many independent shops. A fairly steep hill led to the seafront with an attractive pier and prom. The pier was free from noisy arcade games and appears to have been built mainly to service pleasure boats arriving for day trips.

After an enjoyable walk along the prom. to the Lifeboat station we returned to the station through the Alexandra Park to catch the train back to Cardiff Central.

We walked through the City centre to the Alexandra Gardens and returned to the station via Bute Park and past Cardiff Castle.


Penarth stationST1871 : Penarth station by Roy HughesMarket Street PenarthST1871 : Market Street Penarth by Roy HughesPenarth PierST1971 : Penarth pier by Roy HughesView from the pierST1971 : Northern end of Penarth beach by Roy Hughes
he National War Memorial, Alexandra GardensST1877 : Welsh National War Memorial Alexandra Gardens Cardiff by Roy HughesAlexandra GardensST1877 : Alexandra Gardens Cardiff by Roy Hughes
Bute ParkST1777 : Stream in Bute Park Cardiff by Roy HughesST1777 : Footpath and sign in Bute Park Cardiff by Roy Hughes



PORTSMOUTH & SOUTHSEA 17 JULY 2021


We usually pay a visit to Portsmouth every year and always seem to pick great weather. We got off at Portsmouth Harbour station to great views of HMS Warrior and the Naval Base. Next was a visit to the designer outlet Gunwharf Keys shopping centre. A refreshing pint was taken on Spice Island overlooking the entrance to the Harbour before walking past Southsea Pier to watch the passenger Hovercraft. Before returning to the station, we visited the Naval Dockyard for a look at HMS Victory.

It was an interesting train trip. We started from Gloucester and changed at Bristol Parkway for a through train to Portsmouth Harbour. This is a great line which passes Bath, Bradford on Avon, Salisbury and Southampton where it then tracks the coast eastwards all the way to Pompey.

The route back was even more interesting with the train, after leaving Bristol, passing through the Severn Tunnel to Severn Tunnel Junction station where we changed to return to Gloucester.



Gloucester stationSO8318 : Gloucester Railway Station, Platform 2 by Roy Hughes
Portsmouth & Southsea station. Don't get off here, continue to Harbour stationSU6400 : Portsmouth & Southsea Railway Station Platform by Roy Hughes
Not a bad view to enjoy while downing a pintSZ6299 : Portsmouth, Not a Bad View From a Pub Window by Roy Hughes
Hovercraft arriving on Southsea beachSZ6398 : I.O.W Hovercraft beaching at Southsea by Roy Hughes
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's memorialSU6300 : Isambard Kingdom Brunel - Sculpture by Roy HughesSevern Tunnel Junction stationST4687 : Severn Tunnel station looking west by Roy Hughes




HALF DAY OUT TO THE RAF MUSEUM AT COSFORD 14 AUG 2021


The weather was not particularly great when we took the Shrewsbury train from Birmingham New Street and got off at Cosford station. From there it was a fifteen minute walk to the museum which was well worth the effort. The displays were well laid out and the staff very helpful.




Cosford stationSJ7905 : Cosford Station looking towards Shrewsbury by Roy HughesEntrance to the museumSJ7805 : Entrance to the RAF Museum at Cosford by Roy Hughes
Main driveway out of museumSJ7905 : Road out of RAF Museum at Cosford by Roy Hughes

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