Blog Update April 2022

A happy Easter to you. I will not be going anywhere by train this weekend, even though I am off work. Easter is usually one of those times when Network Rail carry out major engineering work, which affects the train services.

2022 has been a very good year so far for the blog, with visitor numbers increasing all the time, for which I am very grateful. The travels in 2022 didn’t really begin in earnest until February, although I did walk the Brizlincote Valley Nature Walk in Burton on Trent in January, where I encountered a lot of mud.

Brizlincote Nature Walk

In February, I hit upon the idea of visiting every station in Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire that wasn’t already covered by the East Midlands Day Ranger area. First up was Shenstone in Staffordshire, where I also ticked Lichfield Trent Valley station off the list.

Shenstone railway station

The trips just kept on coming in February, with visits to Collingham, Atherstone and my first station in North Derbyshire, Grindleford.

Collingham, Atherstone and Grindleford

March was a very busy month as well. I had some time off work, and took advantage of it with a couple of adventures by train. The month began with a return to the Nottingham Express Transit trams (and a visit to Nottingham Arboretum). In mid-March, I went to Mansfield to visit their two stations; Mansfield and Mansfield Woodhouse. Then, it was my first time in Lincolnshire to visit Grantham station. Just days after Grantham, I ticked off three more stations in Staffordshire in one day; Rugeley Trent Valley, Rugeley Town and my ultimate destination, Landywood.

So far in April, I have only been to Penkridge in Staffordshire on a sunny but freezing cold Saturday morning.

Penkridge station

The Burton on Trent Landmarks series has grown this year as well, with St Peters Bridge and a look at the Lost Pubs of Burton on Trent being added to the canon.

That was what has happened this year, but what is coming up? Later in April, I will be headed for Melton Mowbray (at the third attempt), and also up north to Dronfield in Derbyshire. I have just about figured out how to catch one of the two trains per day from Elton & Orston station in Nottinghamshire, so that is in the pipeline as well.

Closer to home, I have one or two more Burton on Trent Landmarks to research and photograph in the coming weeks. Also in Burton, the latest news from the Big Burton Carousel sculpture trail is that the artists are now working on their carousel horses, and the trail is scheduled to go live in the summer. You can find out more about that at their website, where you can also find links to their social media pages.

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