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Blog - 2017

January 2017

Charing Cross Station, London - 11/1/2017

11/1/2017 - Leigh-on-Sea to Limehouse. Charing Cross to London Bridge. London Bridge to Tulse Hill. Tulse Hill to St Pancras. Fenchurch Street to Leigh-on-Sea.

My first railway outing of 2017 was just a short jaunt into London to visit some of the London terminal stations for a new book I am writing, which should be out in the next couple of months. One station I visited was London Bridge which is nearly finished in its complete rebuild. Although it is all very modern, I persoanally don't like the way you go into the front of the station, then have to go downstairs to the new concourse (where there aren't any waste bins by the way), then have to go back up to the platforms to catch a train. Plus they have destroyed the old passageway with all the shops that you used to walk through on the way to the terminal platforms, which is a great pity.

February 2017

Alton station with both a South West Train and a Watercress Line train in the picture

18/2/2017 - Aldershot to Alton and return

Alton to Alresford and return on the Watercress Line.

A quiet month by my standards mainly because I have been suffereing from a heavy cold and had to postpone going on a railway trip on 11th February because of it. I did get away with my wife for a few days towards the middle of the month and stayed in Aldershot. Rather than driving we took a train from Aldershot to Alton and then had a return joiurney on the Watercress Line. It was the first full weekend of operating this year and was quite busy, though I didn't see many children which you might expect it being half term.

March 2017