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A former fishing village in the north west Highlands of Scotland on the shores of Loch Gairloch.

Enjoy your visit!

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The delightful historic coastal town of Whitby nestling beneath the ruins of a thirteenth century abbey, famous for Captain James Cook RN, Bram Stoker and ‘fish n chips’ always makes for a good photo-fest. Here are just a few images and some of the characters from a recent visit:-

 

 

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…what can you see?

Words and photographs Copyright © 2016 by Antony J Waller

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“Brrr”. She thought it was still a tad chilly!

 

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On a bright and sunny March day I set off to find and photograph a legend from those glory days of the railway when trains were hauled by steam locomotives with evocative names, none more so than the Flying Scotman.

Across the North Yorkshire moors and nearing the village of Goathland I had never seen so many cars parked on the verges of the narrow moors roads vying with the sheep for a vacant patch of grass. Goathland itself was no better and the tiny station there was a mass of expectant faces waiting for the 12.44 from Grosmont (which wasn’t even scheduled to stop).

“Stand back, please,” a volunteer platform attendant asked. “Someone fell off at Grosmont yesterday!”

Nevertheless we craned to see as the high pitched toot of a whistle sounded and a column of steam appeared around the bend up the line. On it came, wreathed in steam, and then it was gone as the maroon carriages clanked by. My first glimpse of the Flying Scotman, albeit quite brief.

We’d catch the return, but not here. A mile or so up the line at Darneholme where the line passes beneath a narrow stone bridge. Even here up to 50 people gathered to stand and watch. Hovever, being the return journey from Pickering, the mighty Flying Scotsman was puffing backwards pulling its maroon entourage.

One final try. Onto Pickering to catch her steaming into the station. Again crowds lined the platform whilst others sought a vantage point. And as the train steamed into view you it was to the sound of bagpipes being played. As for photographs I managed to snap a few…

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The North Yorkshire village of Goathland, once named Godeland from the Anglo Saxon for Good land or God’s Land, can trace its roots back to the days of the Vikings and was actually given to the 1st Earl of Lancaster in 1267 by his father Henry III.

However it is probably rather better known for being the village of Aidensfield in the 60s TV drama Heartbeat and Hogsmeade, the station of Harry Potter and the Hogwarts Express.

It is also a great place for a walk across the moors and to see trains running from Pickering to Whitby on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway….

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Steam clouds on the horizon…

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