Going to make a sentimental journey?

First, sorry, 4 videos embedded here, would have been 3, but I’m a bit concerned about 1 for those with epilepsy/flashing light issues, so covering myself on that. Oh, and partly because the system set me up with an entertaining railway choice, concerning a line I would love to travel again now that I dont have work concerns, though that is before I see the rail fare, which will be a lot more than when I done it in the 70’s, lol. So yes, I’d love to blame Geoff Marshall, but I really cant!

Yes, today was the day the letter, and phone call settled the matter of medical retirement, so now I can think about a few things I want to do as an event, now I dont have to plot around work holidays.

Its fair to say there are a few rail lines, both here, and abroad that I want to travel on for the first time with luck, but there is 1 that I travelled over 40 years ago, in 2 sections, that I would love to do again, the Mid Wales line. So fine, when this appeared in my You Tube suggestions…

I had to watch it for old times sake, and all its done is made me want to travel it again more! There were, in the good old days, as Paul Whitwick would tell you, and indeed me, a number of lines that crossed Wales in this way, but this really is the only one left. Mainly because they werent all viable, but anyway…

The line does run through glorious scenery, but I still think that part of my determination to return is the fact that of all my Rail Rover hotel bookings, the only real disaster was my interim stopping point on that line. No, I cant remember which station it was close to, or even what station it was, but that was the only bad point on the whole journey, so a wrong needs to be righted, lol. I very much doubt the place is still in business anyway!

Maybe I can work it in with the Cambrian Coast line (not yet done) as both meet at Shrewsbury, and I do want to travel that line in full as well. So… Might need an overnight somewhere, probably Shrewsbury, as neither line has a ton of trains run over them! Hmm?

Right, apologies, 3 more video’s though really you only need to watch one of the Metroland ones, unless inclined. The live one is the full version, but as I say, lots of flashing lights, so if they disturb you, do not watch it! The single version is fun, but if you’ve seen one, apart from the clever animations, not much difference there.

Single version

And lastly, despite what might be insinuated, this is miming to the 1945 version of the song, its not even subtle in places. But yes, the title of the blog comes from

Check the date!

I suspect this might get lost on my non UK viewers, especially with those who dont get to travel by train, but its so amusing, I have to go with it. Besides which, I need to keep in with Geoff Marshall, as despite all my health issues (sadly not April Fool), for when he takes this series to my beloved West Yorkshire. Yes, each county, and area in England has a least used station. This varies between the Sublime (Redcar British Steel) with about 12 users in a year, to the ridiculous (Oakham) with nearly a million users, but is the only station in Rutland, so…

He’s currently off in Ireland, doing one of his other rail projects, one rather obviously called ‘All the stations in Ireland’, but apparently recorded this in preparation for release today, with full permission from station, and related railway companies.

As you might gather from the date, and the video, Waterloo isnt the least used station in London. Actually, as you might equally have guessed from the date, its actually the busiest station in the whole of the United Kingdom. Therefore yes, its very wittily done. Before you ask, no, I havent got the details of the actual length of a Vicki foot, but I suspect if Geoff finds this, either himself, or through one of his many thousands of fans, we might find out!

So yes, please feel free to enjoy the Waterloo version of least used station

You can also enjoy the one he made of the actual least used station in London, Angel Road

Oh, finally, for anyone who cares, the least used in West Yorkshire, where I live? Pontefract Baghill, which the last I saw, has 2 trains a day in each direction. See you there, Geoff, maybe?