Mafia connections, the Emerald Isle and a Highland Fling travel blog

Outside the Old Castle pub

A Punch and Judy show in full swing

Highlight of Dan's day

The birthday boy checking out an engine

A pretty station along the line

This engine was painted blue and used as Thomas the Tank engine

A very busy line

Grae's sister and brother-in-law


We spent a wonderful day riding steam trains on the Severn Valley Steam Heritage Railway. The line mostly all run by volunteers is a 16-mile journey through some beautiful English countryside. We hopped on and off at many of the station stops including the riverside towns of Bewdley and Bridgnorth. At Highly we visited the fascinating Railway Museum which recounted the history of many of the glorious engines. On display was also the one they used for Thomas the Tank Engine in a world tour, it was painted its original red not blue.

The sun was shining and surprise, surprise there were many watering holes along the way. Bridgenorth alone has 21 pubs!

At Kidderminster Station there was even a Punch and Judy puppet show in full swing at the station......very English.

Sticking your head out the window always meant a faceful of smut as the train puffed along through pretty, riverside towns and villages. The smell of steam was slighty sulphurous and the whistle echoed long as it blew through the Severn Valley.

It was a long day as we wanted to get as much train travel in as we could. We were all very tired commuters as we headed home by taxi.

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