Sunday, 15 April 2018

At Last Spring? - Our Warmest Day

Saturday saw an end to the dull, misty and wet weather of the last week. We saw the sky and some sunshine for the first time since last Monday and the afternoon temperature reached 16.2°C (61.2°F) which is very respectable for the middle of April. It was our warmest day of the year.
Temperature & Rainfall Records 09-14 April 2018
We thought it would be still very wet on the allotment and had a day out to the North Yorkshire Moors. It was very pleasant to be outside and not feel cold. The plan was to do a little bit of steam train chasing. There were two steam specials in the county on Saturday. The Ebor Flyer headed by 60163 Tornado travelling from London to York and The Whitby Flyer with steam locomotives 48151 and 1264 hauling the steam section of this trip between York to Whitby. When we arrived at Colton Junction near York to capture 60163 Tornado I checked on my phone to find out exactly where Tornado was on its trip from London. The answer was near Peterborough more than 100 miles away. Obviously something had gone wrong so a rethink of the day's plan was needed. We decided to head to Grosmont in the North Yorkshire Moors.
926 Repton operating on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway with a Grosmont to Pickering train
At Grosmont we managed to capture trains operating on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. We had a walk along part of the Rail Trail which runs from Grosmont to Goathland. There were signs along the walk that, whatever the weather, spring has certainly arrived.
Grosmont station serves as a station on the main line network linking Whitby and Middlesborough and also for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. It meant that the Whitby Flyer would pass through Grosmont station on its run to and from Whitby.
1264 brings the returning Whitby Flyer into Grosmont Station
We're now hoping that the better weather will hang around for a while so we can get started on catching up in the garden and allotment. If indeed this is the start of spring its already very late arriving this year.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely update Martyn thank you for sharing and both of you have a blessed day


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