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nalman at Heaton and later Howdon, had built me my first ‘OO’ model railway. It was probably the best model railway a four year old has ever had. I even used to push the trains around when we had power cuts!
Every holiday throughout my childhood, wherever we were in Britain, Dad always managed to ‘accidentally’ stumble upon a preserved steam railway. Over the years I was treated to rides on the Dart Valley, the Worth Valley, Lakeside & Haverthwaite, Welshpool & Llanfair and many more. Steamtown Carnforth in its heyday was a particular favourite. I can’t understand why it closed. I also have very fond memories of the old York Railway Museum on Queen Street, not least because you could climb on all the loco footplates.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, my long-suffering mother and
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GWR 4079 ‘PENDENNIS CASTLE’ at Carnforth in 1974