Monthly News – April 2023

Welcome to this month’s blog news. The Martyn’s Blog train has been rolling on during March, with trips to South Yorkshire, the West Midlands, Nottingham and Lincoln. Mexborough & Swinton First up on the 2nd March was another journey to South Yorkshire, to the former mining towns of Mexborough and Swinton, between Rotherham and Doncaster.…… Continue reading Monthly News – April 2023


East Midlands Ranger Area Station #73 – Lincoln

It has been a while since I visited any of the East Midlands Ranger Area stations, not since Shirebrook in November 2022. And so on a sunny spring day, March 23rd, I travelled to the cathedral city of Lincoln. It took two trains to get there in just under two hours, changing at Nottingham on…… Continue reading East Midlands Ranger Area Station #73 – Lincoln

Nottingham Express Transit part 3 – The Finale

Back in September 2021 and March 2022, I explored the wonderful Nottingham Express Transit trams, trying to visit all of the stops. I also crossed a couple off the list back in October 2022 on a day trip to Nottingham that wasn’t written up on this blog. It was a rainy start to Monday 20th…… Continue reading Nottingham Express Transit part 3 – The Finale

Burton on Trent Landmarks #16 – George Street

George Street, Burton upon Trent George Street is a small street close to Burton on Trent town centre, just off Station Street and Guild Street. It is not a street that many people would walk down regularly, and is mainly used as a shortcut between Station Street and Guild Street, but it is home to…… Continue reading Burton on Trent Landmarks #16 – George Street

Cross-City Line – Bournville and Kings Norton

On a grey and cold March Monday morning, I took a couple of trains down the Cross-City Line to visit Bournville and Kings Norton stations, and the villages which they serve. This would be my third time in Bournville; my first was a school trip to Cadbury World in the summer of 1996, and the…… Continue reading Cross-City Line – Bournville and Kings Norton

South Yorkshire stations – Mexborough and Swinton

It was a fairly grim day up North on Thursday 2nd March as I headed back to South Yorkshire for the first time since January, to visit Mexborough and Swinton. The towns are located midway between Rotherham and Doncaster. The journey to Mexborough station was fairly unremarkable, changing at Derby and Sheffield stations. Mexborough railway…… Continue reading South Yorkshire stations – Mexborough and Swinton

Monthly News – March 2023

Hello, and welcome to this month’s blog round-up, featuring all of February’s blog posts, an exclusive short story from thirty years ago, and an update on the Lost Pubs of Burton. Butlers Lane/Blake Street February began (or rather January ended) with an early morning trip down the Cross-City Line to Butlers Lane and Blake Street…… Continue reading Monthly News – March 2023

Derbyshire Stations – Hope

It is always a pleasure to visit the Peak District, and so I decided to tick off another Derbyshire station by visiting the village of Hope, the next station along from Bamford on the Hope Valley Line. The journey began at Burton on Trent on Monday morning, 13th February, and ended there. Disruption caused by…… Continue reading Derbyshire Stations – Hope

Nottinghamshire Stations – Newark North Gate

After all the fun and frolics in South Yorkshire and on the Cross-City Line so far this year, it was time to go back to the East Midlands, and to one of the remaining stations I have yet to visit in Nottinghamshire; Newark North Gate. I first visited Newark in October 2019, ticking Newark Castle…… Continue reading Nottinghamshire Stations – Newark North Gate