Monthly News – May 2023

Spring is in the air, in spite of the cold weather that has been happening in the Midlands recently. April was a busy old month for the blog, so here’s a recap of where I have been in the past month. Narborough Narborough railway station I first visited Narborough way back in June 2019, when…… Continue reading Monthly News – May 2023

Cross-City Line – University & Alvechurch

It has been a short while since I last visited the Cross-City Line which runs from Lichfield Trent Valley to Bromsgrove and Redditch, and so I took a trip on Wednesday 12th April to Alvechurch, via University. The train was a lot busier than usual, because it was the Easter holidays. Normally, if I was…… Continue reading Cross-City Line – University & Alvechurch

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

Walsall, West Midlands

On a rather drab and rainy Thursday, 24th November 2022, I went for a train ride down to Walsall in the West Midlands. This blog has all but conquered the East Midlands (and slightly further afield), so I now want to expand my horizons and discover the West Midlands. The journey to Walsall from Burton…… Continue reading Walsall, West Midlands

East Midlands Ranger Area Station #68 – South Wigston

For the first time since I went to Worksop two months ago, I ticked one of the few remaining stations off the East Midlands Ranger Area list when I travelled to South Wigston station in Leicestershire on Friday 26th August. The trip to South Wigston took three trains and two hours. I changed at Tamworth…… Continue reading East Midlands Ranger Area Station #68 – South Wigston

Cromford V: Cromford to Whatstandwell by Canal

After the success of my walk from Whatstandwell to Ambergate back in April, on a warm and sunny spring evening, I fancied another stroll down the Cromford Canal on a sunny and balmy August evening. So, it was a cloudy and cool evening when I caught the train up to Cromford to begin my walk.…… Continue reading Cromford V: Cromford to Whatstandwell by Canal

Nottinghamshire Stations – Shireoaks

Previously on Martyn’s Blog… From the [Worksop] war memorial, I headed back up the road to the railway station. I had another train to catch, but I wasn’t going home just yet.Worksop post See the Worksop post for the previous instalment of this gripping saga. After arriving back at Worksop station, I caught the train…… Continue reading Nottinghamshire Stations – Shireoaks

East Midlands Ranger Area Station #67 – Worksop

On a pleasant Wednesday at the end of June, the 29th to be exact, I ticked station number 67 of 76 off the list of stations to be visited in the East Midlands Ranger Area. Worksop was the destination, located at the terminus of the Robin Hood Line which runs to there from Nottingham. I…… Continue reading East Midlands Ranger Area Station #67 – Worksop

Nottinghamshire Stations – Retford

I have to confess that, even though I like to think I know a bit about geography in the UK, and particularly the Midlands, I had never heard of Retford until I visited there on Thursday 12th May 2022. My mission to visit every railway station in Nottinghamshire took me to the market town in…… Continue reading Nottinghamshire Stations – Retford