Well how have you been? This week, it was time for a change of scenery, away from the dirt path, overgrown bushes and wood innuendos. Our green army were away on a trip to the Severn Valley Railway, a steam railway experience from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth. An exciting reward for all our hard work on the Nature Trail.
We arrived at Kidderminster station in the morning and headed for the start of our journey. We had a quick look around the gift shop, but then had to run to catch our train. First we passed the first class carriages, they had fancy little table decorated with table cloths and a tea pot each. But that wasn't our carriage. Then we passed the second class carriage, they had cozy little compartments for groups to sit in, with what looked like comfy seating. But that wasn't our carriage. Finally, we came to the third class carriages, where people were pushing and shoving each other to find a spot to sit in, some were even stood in the isle or in the luggage area. Yes, this was our carriage.
But, we're not ones to moan. Four of us managed to grab some seats together, while the other four had to go down to the other end and stand by the toilets. It was a lovely journey though, we got to see some beautiful country side and we stopped at a couple of stations on the way. I think a personnel highlight for us Elephant fans was passing the West Midland safari park, and seeing some Elephants, a Rhino and some dears.
We traveled right up to the end of the line at Bridgnorth. There we had a look around and walked up to the park and took some photo's of the superb view. We even got a smashing group photo of us all sat outside the station. But, we didn't have to long as we had to get back on the train and head back for Highley, our next stop.
Once in Highley, we headed for the museum, but some of the gang decided to get in a line and form their own little choo-choo train - it takes all sorts dears. We got to look around all the old steam trains, and have a play inside a an old Royal Mail carriage. Everyone had about an hour to look around and then, meet for lunch, where we sat up on the balcony over looking to railway line. After, it was back to the station to await our train back to Kidderminster. We even stood up on the bridge over the line and watched the train engine turn around and go underneath us, blinding us with steam. It was like scene from Gorillas in the Mist.
Well, after a fun day it was time to catch another train and head home. Definitely a trip we'd be recommending to others. Goodnight Dears.
Ryan at the Severn Valley Railway