Two lines which share a common destination in Horsham in West Sussex, and have links to London’s termini at Victoria and Waterloo. The Sutton & Mole Valley line serves south-west London and parts of Surrey, while the Arun Valley (or Mid Sussex) line branches from the Brighton mainline to join the West Coastway line at…
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
A heritage line which was built to serve the formerly-much-busier port of Whitby, on the northern English coast. The line also serves Pickering, Grosmont, and the photogenic village of Goathland. We finally took a ride to Grosmont and back after many years of having enjoyed steam trains’ arrivals at Whitby station, as seen during Goth…
A once-annual games festival held in Nottingham, initially at various venues and then under the roof of the National Videogame Arcade, which I attended on a few occasions until 2016. Its diverse attractions included twin-screen gaming in the Old Market Square, immersive trails through the city and its caves, curated games showcases, and media involvement…
Nytt Liv: Woking till Stockholm
When my partner and I moved from the UK to Sweden, we seized an opportunity to make our first cross-continent rail journey together — from Surrey in the UK through Belgium, northwestern Germany, Denmark and the southern parts of Sweden. We took 10 trains in 3 days, with a day’s stopover in Hamburg and a…
Aldwych Tube Station
We joined a Hidden London tour of the disused Aldwych Tube Station — site of wartime shelter, many a film and music video, and even a few test patterns for decorations of other stations on the network.
Underground Overground IV
A visit to north-western London, touring the entire Bakerloo line and its main line ‘partners’, including Marylebone and the main line from Euston.
Underground Overground III
Back to the English capital for an exploration of rail and architecture. We began by exploring the outside and underside of Waterloo station, then took a walk with occasional train trips back and forth along the Monument-Embankment stretch of the District line.
Underground Overground II
Back to London for a second tour of its railways and occasional above-ground bits. This time around, we started out in Kensington for a protest march against The Daily Mail. Wanderlust then drew us out towards the northern parts of the City of London, Monument, and the area around the Tower of London. The DLR…
Basingstoke-Wimbledon Station Tour
Sometimes our adventures take quite unexpected turns. So it was that one night, a short stint to Alton in Hampshire turned into a car-based journey through every station along England’s south-west main line between Basingstoke and Wimbledon (and a few more besides) . The endeavour was only halted by the late-night closure of Wimbledon station.
The first of a series of self-guided tours my partner I took around London in 2013, nipping in and out of the city’s various public transit offerings. On this occasion we travelled from Waterloo East to London Bridge, backtracked to Victoria, visited the newly-opened King’s Cross Square and then proceeded to tour the Square Mile…