Honestly I’m really not…..As far as I’m concerned cars, motorbikes, planes, boats, even roller-skates have got trains beaten into a cocked hat. They’re slow, (even the fast ones), noisy, (even the quiet ones), can’t do a three point turn, and in my experience always have a slight whiff of bottom….No, I don’t really like trains.
That is until I found a yard full of dead ones.
This bunch of rotting rollers were in casual abandon at Rowsley South station in the Peak District, and the ever accomodating Mrs SHPics allowed me a full ten minutes of snapping before pulling me aboard the steam locomotive that makes the short trip to Matlock, where, she prayed one could find a decent cup of coffee…What sort of place is it where you need to catch a bloody steam train just to get a quality caffeine fix?
On the way out of the station we saw 8 middle aged men…Hats with badges, notepads, nasal hair you could swing from and train catalogues in their polyester slack pockets…NOT ONE OF THEM HAD EVER HAD A GIRLFRIEND !
Someone needs to tell’em, ‘The only good train is a dead train!’
All Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde