Ready for the off, to head south via Settle.
You can find some great YouTube footage of the railtour online, for example here, and here, and here (in which I make a brief inadvertent appearance). But for a quick 47 second 'taster' click here!
My most enjoyable read so far this year has been Terry Pratchett's novel 'Raising Steam'. It's all about the introduction of railways to the Discworld (more here)! Iron Girder, the first steam engine, is described as "Coal and metal and water and steam and smoke, in one glorious harmony." Yes!
As the locomotive is unveiled, "'Aye, what is it?'And this, in fact, was directed to a small wide-eyed urchin, who seemed to have miraculously appeared by the side of the track. Sinmel looked on gravely as the urchin took out a very small notebook from his jacket pocket and meticulously wrote down the numeral 1 as if it were a command." Very clever! Full marks to Terry Pratchett on this offering, the fortieth book in the Discworld series. Just wonderful.
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