Great steam Train Ride
04.09.2015 - 04.09.2015
Following on from our visit to the Train Museum in York the day before we decided to drive to Pickering and catch the steam train to the coastal town of Whitby. We parked and paid then realised it was a 2 hour park. We went to see when the next train was leaving. It left in another 20 minutes. We flew back to the car and found a park the other side of the town that was long term. We walked very fast back through town. Pickering an attractive town but didn't have time to linger. We got our tickets then lept on the train. Um not easy finding a seat. We thought the first carriages upholstery a little shabby so kept going till we found the new upholstered seats. We finally found a seat where we could sit together, when the man opposite pointed to the window and said that this carriage is reserved for couch trippers. I think he was enjoying his peace and quiet. Just then the ticket man arrived and he wasn't a bit concerned with us being there. Anyway we soon befriended those around us, they were all a bit older than us. They were all interested in our house swapping adventure. There trip ended at Whitby where their couch was returning at 2.00 pm. They wouldn't have had much time to enjoy Whitby. Half way there we stopped and opposite us was a stationery train carraige that was a dining car. We spotted some glums sitting at a table and decided it was our mission to get them to smile. They were really glum took us till the train left to finally get a smile and a wave. The trip was great it went through a National Park. We enjoyed seeing the vast growths of heather in full flower. Just being on a steam train a novelty for us. Lots of volunteers running these trains. We met one man who had been volunteering for 40 years for several days a week. Whitby is Dracula country where Dracula originated from. There is a ruined castle on the hill you can walk up to. It is a very picturesque town. We enjoyed exploring all the quaint shops. We found a restaurant looking towards the sea where we had fish in chips for lunch. We also found a museum dedicated to Captain Cook so visited that. There were lots of people dressed up demonstrating various things. This building was where Captain Cook did his apprenticeship. Apparently he was more studious than the other lads. We also found out he was a good friend of Captain Bligh. The Captain from Mutiny of the Bounty fame. One of the demonstrations was of the food they ate on their voyages. It was exciting for us to discover the Mauri cloak on display presented to Captain Cook, especially as it came from a Taupo tribe, our home town. For awhile it became very windy, we walked towards the sea and it was blowing a gale. As usual at English seaside places there were the usual array of amusement archades. Also of interest was the historic swing bridge to let the boats pass out to sea, which connected the town. It was easy to full in 6 hours here. We caught the last train back at 6.00 pm. The train didn't have many passengers on the return journey. Half way back they swapped the steam engine. Apparently it takes an hour and a half to put it to bed for the night as they have to clean it etc. It was dark by the time we got back to Pickering. By the time we got back to York we abandoned the idea of cooking our dinner and bought some noodle boxes at our local shopping Centre. Harley the cat was waiting for our return. This steam train trip well worth doin, very enjoyable.