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UK Trip Photos Day 14
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On this day we travelled by historic train, saw a cathedral, and watched Morris dancers.



Wansford Station, the best place to park if you want to go to Peterborough.
Nene Valley Railway

Some of the NVR engins at Wansford.

Nene Valley Railway

Nene Valley Railway

Nene Valley Railway

According to a commenter on my Flickr gallery, the Rev Awdrey named this engine "Thomas." It's the real Thomas.
Nene Valley Railway

A mail train
Nene Valley Railway

Nene Valley Railway

Nene Valley Railway

Nene Valley Railway

Our train coming in to Wansford, with the broken steam engine in tow. We were supposed to be going by steam to Peterborough, but it was not to be.
Nene Valley Railway

Nene Valley Railway

Nene Valley Railway

The market square at Peterborough, where Morris Dancing happens.
Peterborough

The Border Morris
Peterborough

Peterborough

Cotswold Morris


Peterborough Cathedral. The West face.
Peterborough Cathedral

In the past, the stone was white-washed and all the statues were brightly painted.
Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral

The Nave
Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral

The Abbey Clock. It rang a bell to tell the monks it was time for prayer, eating, vespers, etc.
Peterborough Cathedral

And finally, our train pulls into Peterborough NVR to take us back to Wansford.
Nene Valley Railway

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I keep meaning to go to the Nene Valley Railway, but something always comes up. Their collection is interestingly mixed, and I'd like to see Wansford station, so I expect I'll make it one day.

I've never been on that railway (or to Peterborough at all, only through it in trains). Railway looks fun, kind of looks like a semi-real one - I forget where it is, but there's a branch line somewhere that is run as a 'heritage' railway but also in order to keep the line working for local people, so you can get season tickets and commute to work on a steam train...

Station building is butt-ugly though. And talking of ugly: both of the old British Railways logos pictured. (Is that a lion? Why is he so angry? Could he not just make the train run on time without eating all of us please!) The newer logo, on the side of that diesel, is pure design genius (and it looks great at that size). Thank goodness they still use it, even if only for road signs and such, and didn't kill it entirely at privatisation.

Cathedral is pretty impressive - I really like the three concave bay things on the front, those are pretty distinctive.

By the way, not related to this post, but did you hear the radio programme about steampunk presented by Phil Jupitus? Nothing too interesting but they did interview a guy who made ray guns named after the charity shops where he found the parts, that ray gun part reminded me of you. :) http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01md9fj/Mr_Jupitus_in_the_Age_of_Steampunk/
(Oops, that link expires tomorrow (Monday), 16:00ish, assuming it even works outside the UK...)

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