2011 Hogarths on the move again - to places afar travel blog

Our steam train

Going under the viaduct at Whitby

The end of the days work

Views from the train

Views from the train



The graveyard by the Abbey

The Abbey

The North Sea looking quite calm

Our steam bus in yet another shower

Today we drive east. Hoping to get to Whitby on the coast. We stop at Pickering to see when the steam train there runs – how lucky, it is leaving for Whitby in half an hour so we purchase our tickets and get on board.

Four carriages I think and a large steam locomotive. A couple of Yorkshire elderly ladies opposite us we have fun with – they love it when we tell them we can only understand half of what they say – David does get a rise when we mention Maggie Thatcher and the coalmines!

They ask us where we are from – Tasmania of course. A look of surprise on the couple sitting behind us – they are from Hobart! Some others are from New Zealand.

Two hours later we get off at Whitby. A quaint fishing village with an old Abbey on the cliffs above. Full of tourists. We take a ride on the only steam bus carrying passengers in Great Britain – a noisy, bouncy trip but good fun.

We visit a small lifeboat rescue museum. Quite sobering. This village faces the North Sea and obviously experiences some horrendous weather. Many vessels lost off their shores.

We catch the 5.30 train back to Pickering – half way home the steam locomotive is swapped with a diesel. We finally arrive at


We drive through a couple of villages before we finally find a pub for tea.

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