A hardy band of walkers and railway enthusiasts joined together on Sunday for the inaugral Rail Trail. The Trail is part of the 150 Years All Change! Exhibition at the Museum, and the Celebration of the arrival of the railway to the area.
Starting at Allum Hall we had an introduction by the Trail instigator, Bob Redman, and a brief history of the railway and the station by Teddy’s Trails supremo, John Cartledge. Grabbing our set of photos and our water bottles, we followed John and his megaphone as he took us over Allum Lane to the station. We visited every platform to see where the original photos were taken, and in the process learnt much about the ever-changing face of what is now one of the busiest stations in the country.
Up Theobald Street to Red Road and Robinson’s Bridge, back round to Allum Lane and up Deacon’s Hill Road via the old brickworks’ clay pits to Woodcock Hill, and the old steam train vents in the fields. Then we ventured through overgrown woods and mud to stand on the top of the tunnels. Back down to the station, and we fou0nd we had covered so much ground in 3 to 4 hours.
A great success, and Bob is planning more Trails. Don’t miss out next time!