I don't think anything is more exciting than rail travel, even these days when a lot of us are more familiar with aircraft than we are with trains, there is still nothing quite like rail travel. None of that checking in and hanging around in departure lounges when the displays have told you the flight is boarding or on last call.
Well children this is how rail travel used to be, the smells, the sounds, the excitement of a great iron monster getting up steam.
And the sign over the window in the carriage door which read 'Do not lean out of the window' and which some wag would often change to 'Do not clean soot off the window'. The real reason for the sign was because if you did lean out of the window you ran the risk of getting your head knocked off as you passed a bridge or went inot a tunnel!
Not only is the Bluebell a journey into the past, a walk around the engine sheds gives you some idea of the engineering talent needed to run (and design and build), a steam train. These leviathans of the road of iron were once the only really quick and efficient way of travelling distances.
Isn't it time you took a train?
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