Cross-City Line – Butlers Lane and Blake Street, Sutton Coldfield

It was a cold, dark, and very early Saturday morning, 28th January, when I ticked off two more stations on the Cross-City Line which runs from Lichfield Trent Valley to Bromsgrove and Redditch. The 6:20am service to Plymouth is the first train of the day at Burton on Trent station, and I and a few…… Continue reading Cross-City Line – Butlers Lane and Blake Street, Sutton Coldfield

Cross-City Line – Bromsgrove

Welcome to the first post in a new series for the blog, where I attempt to visit all 25 railway stations on the Cross-City Line. The line runs from Lichfield Trent Valley station in the north to two southern termini; Redditch in the east and Bromsgrove in the west, via Birmingham New Street station. There…… Continue reading Cross-City Line – Bromsgrove

Kiveton Park, South Yorkshire

The first train trip of 2023 was to South Yorkshire, and the former mining village of Kiveton Park (the “ive” is pronounced like “river”) in South Yorkshire, nestled in between Worksop and Rotherham. It was a cold but sunny start to the day as I caught the direct train from Burton on Trent to Sheffield,…… Continue reading Kiveton Park, South Yorkshire

Blog Review of the Year 2022 – Part Four: October – December

Here is the fourth and final part of the Martyn’s Blog review of 2022, covering the autumn months from October to December. You can catch up on Part One, Part Two and Part Three, if you want. October 2022 The month in travel began on the 18th October with a day trip to Nottingham. While…… Continue reading Blog Review of the Year 2022 – Part Four: October – December

Blog Review of the Year 2022 – Part Three: July – September

Welcome to the third (of four) instalments of the Review of the Year 2022. You can catch up with part one here, and part two here. July 2022 I didn’t go anywhere in July 2022. It was far too hot. August 2022 It was just as hot in August 2022, but I managed to venture…… Continue reading Blog Review of the Year 2022 – Part Three: July – September

Blog Review of the Year 2022 – Part Two: April – June

After the relentless opening three months of the year, which you can catch up on here, the Martyn’s Blog juggernaut ploughed on through the spring at pace, with two posts a week most weeks. April 2022 April began with a cold and frosty Saturday morning trip to Penkridge in Staffordshire. It’s a beautiful old village,…… Continue reading Blog Review of the Year 2022 – Part Two: April – June

Blog Review of the Year 2022 – Part One: January – March

It’s been a great 2022 for this blog, with many new and exciting places visited, some old favourites re-visited and a lot more delving into the history of Burton upon Trent. The number of views on the website has more than doubled in the last year compared to 2021, so thank you to everyone who…… Continue reading Blog Review of the Year 2022 – Part One: January – March