Saturday, 4 May 2013

A Trip to the Moors

The weather on Thursday and Friday continued the much improved theme of the last few days.

On Friday we decided on a trip to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway who are holding a gala to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of the heritage line. This is NER design class J72 0-6-0T locomotive number 69023 “Joem” coupled with the single NER Saloon No 1 coach which featured as the “Old Gentleman’s Coach” in the film “The Railway Children”. This little locomotive looks like it’s just been lifted off a model railway set and looks absolutely fantastic in the setting of the heritage line.

It’s nice to see that at last the trees are at last starting to show signs of greening up after a long winter and cold start to spring. We started our visit to the gala at Pickering before moving on in the afternoon to Levisham station which is only tiny and isolated in a valley on the moors.
On the way to Levisham over the moors where the sheep are just left to roam it was good to see that at least some lambs had survived the bitterly cold start to the spring.
This young lamb wasn't going to let us pulling up at the roadside stop him getting a meal. There was still a cool gusty wind blowing up on the moors and as you can see by the middle of the afternoon the sun had disappeared too.
Original post from A Gardener's Weather Diary author M Garrett


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