Shepherd Group Youth Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 08 December 2019

Hard working York youth band put on fantastic show

Hours before they came to Boarshurst Band Club, the Shepherd Group Youth Band held a concert in Selby Abbey. Courtesy of one of York Pullman’s finest coaches, they were on the M62 motorway whilst yours truly was enjoying his Sunday Dinner.

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Like Crushing The Great Pyramids For Posh Hotels: Could the ConDems Close The World’s Oldest Railway Station?

A Cuts Scene Investigation Special: National Railway Museum, National Media Museum and Manchester Museum of Science and Industry to face closure or admission charges

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Replica of Stephenson’s Rocket, outside the National Railway Museum, York. Photograph by Howard Longden (Creative Commons Attribution License-Some Rights Reserved)

The year is 2035. Manchester is connected to its recently opened High Speed Two line, which whisks Mancunians to the present day capital of the United Kingdom. It is possible to get a hourly HS2 service to London which takes 70 minutes. Elsewhere in the Greater Manchester City Region, it takes a similar amount of time to travel from Stockport to Ashton-under-Lyne by bus in the peaks on the 330 route. Continue reading “Like Crushing The Great Pyramids For Posh Hotels: Could the ConDems Close The World’s Oldest Railway Station?”

Banishing the January Blues: Doing Good and Feeling Good

Add a Rosy Tint to the January Blues by Volunteering to Help Others

As 21 January – labelled the most depressing day of the year hits, Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is calling on people across the North of England to give Blue Monday a rosy glow by volunteering their time at a local community group or charity. Continue reading “Banishing the January Blues: Doing Good and Feeling Good”

Trans-Pennine Real Ale Pubs: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ten real ale pubs across the Pennines, coast to coast

Whitby ... 'THE BLACK HORSE'.
The Black Horse pub sign, Whitby. Photograph by BazzaDaRambler (Creative Commons Some Rights Reserved License).

Somewhere in the mists of time, East of the M60 wrote a post entitled ‘Silence, Tea and Sky’, a Trans-Pennine trail of desirable tea shops along railway routes. Today, our return leg from Scarborough has had us searching for something stronger, often served in a much bigger drinking vessel. Continue reading “Trans-Pennine Real Ale Pubs: The Not So Perfect Ten”

Sun, Sea, Sand, Spells and Steam Trains

NRM York goes back to the 1930s seaside holiday.

GWR Class 5600 0-6-2 Tank, 6693 pulling into Swanage station (British Railways livery).

I have been a long term rail user since 2005, and a railway enthusiast since 1984. After being whisked to Barry Island and Ayr before starting school, I spent part of these holidays on British Rail’s Inter-City services from Manchester Victoria and Piccadilly stations. The one place which gave me the railway bug was York. Continue reading “Sun, Sea, Sand, Spells and Steam Trains”