Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, July 26, 2008

Hogwarts came to Carnforth

It wasn't just the Hogwarts Express (just the latest in the long line of fictional steam trains 'brought to life'), there were a dozen or so steam engines in steam. That's more than I've ever seen together in one place.

Carnforth used to be a major railway junction. These days it's a backwater just off the West Coast Mainline (which runs express through a side of the station). When I was growing up it had become Steam Town, but that closed years ago.

It was a strange crowd. Half were families drawn by the lure of the Hogwarts Express; the rest, perhaps of the majority, were hardline train buffs perhaps as more interested in the lines of old diesel locos and carcasses of carriages as in the steam engines.

After that, after settling the little one with some lunch. We headed in to Morecambe. Morecambe is much changed: it has sand! My recollection (and it's where I was born so Morecambe and I go back a long way) is of miles of mud. Well the mud hasn't gone of course but somebody has drafted in some sand to create a beach as well. The tide was well out but in the sun it was still very pleasant.

Carnforth clockPS for those who missed the reference, there's a famous scene in Brief Encounter beneath the clock on Carnforth station. And for those interested, the clock still exists and there is a museum on the platform. And if you are really interested click on the clock for a page on the clocks on Carnforth station!


Kate Phizackerley said...

PS I'm told they raised £75,000 in tickets on the gate. That's a big help for a loco restoration group.



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