Sunday, 19 June 2016

The Great Escape: Part 1

13th June 2016

Apologies in advance for any spelling or grammatical errors - it's very early in the morning and I am writing this on my phone, in bed...

But yes. Regular readers - that select bunch of folk who can be counted on the fingers of one hand - may have noticed that every NER station I've been to so far has been in Yorkshire. Well, now I have temporarily escaped. Oooh!

Yesterday, Mum, Gotho and I caught a bus from our temporary holiday accommodation, with the intention of going to a nearby, very large, secondhand bookshop.

Alnwick - Excuse the poor quality photos. My phone's camera is not amazing...

What I hadn't told them, was that said bookshop is actually housed in what was Alnwick railway station. Huzzah!

Wine :)
Seriously though, if you're ever in the area, do call in. It's massive, it's got model trains whizzing about above the shelves, open fires, random antique furniture dotted around, and even sells cheese toasties and wine. Possibly actual paradise on earth...

The view from Lidl's carpark
Alas the only thing it doesn't have is actual trains any more, at least not since 1968. However, there is a plan underway to bring them back, and reconnect the town to the East Coast Main Line. Obviously nobody is intending to make the bookshop move. It's just too popular. And anyway there's lots of other things in the way too - not least a branch of Lidl and the A1 dual carriageway.

No, the reopened rail link will go to a somewhat remote location hidden away at the back of a "business park" - I think that's a modern day euphemism for Industrial Estate. The Aln Valley Railway people have opened a station called Alnwick Lionheart. Their line currently doesn't go anywhere in particular, and it's not very convenient for the town, but it's a worthy cause, and they sell Bovril in their cafe. Good times.


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