A&E Steam Train Ride

Beez Neez
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Sun 5 Aug 2018 22:57
Andrew and Edward Buckfastleigh to Totnes Steam Train Ride
 
 
 
IMG_0001
 
After our busy beach day yesterday we had a slack morning, after lunch we were all ready for a new adventure. Parking, we then walked over the footbridge and looked down on Buckfast Station.
 
 
IMG_0003  IMG_0005
 
After buying our tickets we bimbled about in the museum, learning flag signals aboard an engine called Ashley.
 
 
IMG_0007  IMG_0008  IMG_0009
 
IMG_0011  IMG_0012
 
Plenty to take in until we heard the train approaching and rushed out to watch.
 
 
IMG_0014
 
IMG_0020
 
The boys chose the carriage at this end called Emma and we settled to watch the engine reverse ends.
 
 
IMG_0022  IMG_0021  IMG_0026
 
Andrew was transfixed. We waved at the signalman, Edward and I pose.
 
 
IMG_0032  IMG_0036
 
Just a little boy in awe, trundling along.
 
 
Map
 
The map. We made a brief stop at Staverton and on we went.
 
 
IMG_0037  IMG_0038
 
At Totnes Station we watched our engine chug down the track to change ends.
 
 
IMG_0042  IMG_0044
 
Boys in position for the inbound action.
 
 
IMG_0048  IMG_0050
 
Slowly into place, engineer coupled and sneeze................
 
 
IMG_0051  IMG_0053
 
Andrew jumped, crows shot off out of the tree, time for a cup of tea on the other side of the tracks.
 
 
IMG_0055  IMG_0056  IMG_0058
 
Grandpa indulged. The boys had a Calippo, Edward said “cheese”.
 
 
IMG_0061
 
After snacks we waited at the closed crossing gate for our train to pass.
 
 
IMG_0062
 
For our return journey we chose a first class compartment.
 
 
IMG_0064  IMG_0066
 
IMG_0070  IMG_0074
 
Back at Buckfastleigh, we watched the engine come from the front and below us as we stood on the footbridge.
 
 
IMG_0081
 
The boys waited in amazement until the train set off.
 
 
IMG_0085  IMG_0086
 
Under she went. Edward could have stood all day.
 
 
IMG_0090
 
In the corner of the car park Andrew met a new friend.
 
 
IMG_0092
 
The boys stopped posing to wave to the next train.........
 
 
 
ALL IN ALL A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR THE BOYS
                     GOOD FUN FOR THE GRANDPARENTS AS WELL