What are your fondest memories of the railway?

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  1. razourlight962

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    What are your fondest memories of the railway?

    For myself, it would be going up to Bo'ness and Kinneil preservation railway when I was younger and getting to ride on the cab of one of the locomotives.
     
  2. swrailuser

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    Using the newspaper train from Exeter to Barnstaple with the lights out on a 110 or 101 DMU and seeing the countryside at night between naps on the wide bench seats:)
     
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    Summer Saturdays when almost any loco could be out. 20s to Skegness, 25s on the Cambrian and NB 31s, 37s and 47s just about anywhere
     
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    Bunking loco depots. Old Oak Common (which had a reputation for not letting people round but we would call first from the phone box and ask). Willesden, Reddish, Birkenhead Mollington Street, Barrow Hill, Westhouses and Shirebrook saw regular visits from my friends and I.

    Not to mention organised visits to the likes of Toton, Tinsley, and Stratford.

    And of course works open days in the 70s and early 1980s. Derby Locomotive Works, Crewe and Doncaster were all very enjoyable even so seeing all those withdrawn Deltics at Doncaster works.

    Going to watch shunting take place at various locations in the East Midlands. Not much chance of copping stuff but the local rail staff were always very friendly.

    Sitting by the sea wall at Teignmouth and watching trains go by in the summer in the early 1980s.

    Finally and most enjoyable were visits to preserved railways with my Dad. Happily this is something that we are still able to do.
     
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  5. PeterC

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    1. A romantic encounter between Manchester and Pontypool Road which, I think, forum rules require me to gloss over
    2. Travelling overnight from Euston to Trawsfynydd involving changes and Crew and Llandudno Junction and bus from Blaenau Ffestiniog with the morning papers travelling with us all the way, with the last bundle being dropped off the bus outside the newsagent in Traws.
     
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    I'm guessing here that you sex in the toilet. Did that several times when I was a young man :D However with my experiences I can't remember much romance :D
     
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  7. Adlington

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    If you have sex in the airplane toilet you become a member of the Mile High Club. What's the rail equivalent? Mile Long Club?
     
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    Even given the slow pace of Waterloo suburban services I can do a bit better than a mile! :)

    Good question though :)
     
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    Class 37's from Lime Street to West Allerton as a way of getting home from town.
     
  10. Tio Terry

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    My fondest memory?

    Being part of a family with some wonderful characters in it for the past (almost) 53 years. I have so many stories I could tell, my better half tells me I should write a book when I finally decide to retire.
     
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    It's all a rich tapestry of life for me. Each year I reflect and and try and make my experiences into something that improves me as a person - the railway is fantastic for that. Consequently I value them all, from the very good to the very sad. The high point is probably something like helping carry a world war 2 veteran's belongings to a military car at Sleaford where I was relieved of them by a fairly high ranking air force officer. Said gentleman was travelling on railway staff boxes earned when he was demobbed in 1947 to a career on the railway as a hostler for the LMS.

    The saddest occurred just a few miles down the line at Heckington as I watched the remains of a 17 year old being removed from the railway after she had thrown herself under the train I was waiting for to clear the single line.

    Both events made a massive impact on me as a person and a railwayman. I try to carry the lessons from everything I get involved in with me.
     
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    A gentleman never mentions a sheep's name <D
     
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    First long distance journey "up north" via Southampton to Birmingham (I know it's not up north, but at that time it was to me) and the soup slopping about from side to side in the bowl as part of a 3 course meal in the silver service dining car
     
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    Now that's just bragging ;)
     
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    Cardiff or somewhere else in South Wales to Newcastle overnight service with my mum having visited my dad who was in the Merchant Navy, train broke down somewhere near Derby. It was probably 1964
     
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    Cab ride on a 165 between Banbury and Moor Street , back in 2010 when the 165s ran all the way to Birmingham
     
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    Carnforth, July 1968, just out of school for summer break. Roasting hot day. "My Name Is Jack" by Manfred Mann playing on the radio. The last 9Fs parked up in the long siding near the track going down to the sea. Metro-Vick diesel coming in from Barrow (I only ever saw three of the 20). "Oliver Cromwell" gleaming like it was going to run forever. Last look from the window of the DMU to Leeds at a grubby Black Five still in steam, knowing I would never see such a sight again.
     
  18. Sad Sprinter

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    (warning-boring post privatisation memories ahead)

    I think my most treasured memory is being very young, about three years old on a train to Victoria, just before Battersea Park and seeing a Eurostar turn off the Chatham Lines onto the old flyover in the distance. As a child I was obsessed with the Eurostar, and considering it might have been the first time I saw one in the flesh, I remember I hit the roof of the carriage with excitement.
     
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    My last BR steam run in August 1966 from Swanage to Waterloo behind 34040 (with 12 on from Wareham - the added Weymouth portion was presumably why this train remained steam). Seated in the front BSK if memory doesn't deceive.
    Best visual memory of steam is of an up boat train seen from out of the church hall window at Shortlands one Sunday.
     
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    The driving wheels of 60055 "Woolwinder" going round just outside the window as my N2-hauled suburban train cheekily overtook the northbound Talisman, somewhere in Gasworks or Copenhagen Tunnels. (I was about six at the time)
     

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