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. I spent a few hours there, walking along two canals and out to the edge of Swinton to see an old pottery kiln.

Bournville & Kings Norton

The following Monday (6th March), I returned to Bournville for the third time (once on a school trip to Cadbury World in 1996, the second time in 2019) and explored the model village built by the Cadbury family around their confectionery factory. I also walked to nearby Kings Norton via the Worcester and Birmingham Canal and had a look around there.

George Street, Burton upon Trent

The next post was a closer look at the unusual buildings on George Street in Burton upon Trent. These include the former Trinity Church and its Sunday School, and Michael Arthur Bass’s Liberal Club on the corner of Guild Street.

Nottingham Express Transit

A year after my last excursion on the Nottingham Express Transit trams, I decided that it would be a good idea to complete my target of visiting all 50 tram stops, so I spent the day on March 20th visiting the ones I hadn’t yet visited.


The month ended with a visit to the historic city of Lincoln. where I visited two museums, the cathedral and the castle, and a former railway station which closed in 1985.

Forthcoming Posts

April is shaping up to be a busy month. I recently revisited a place I first went to in 2019, and you should see that blog post next Sunday (9th April). Also planned for the month are trips to another station on the Cross-City Line, another one in South Yorkshire and a visit to a museum which I have made sure will be open on the day I plan to visit.

In other blog news, a German company called Opfol Rail have been in contact with me invited me to their UK depot to have a tour of the place, and even have a go at driving a train on their test track, so that should be something to look forward to.

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