With the prospect of heavy rain for today, we thought about doing something better than just spending it on the boat and in the pub.
What could be better than a train journey to
Nevertheless we bought our tickets and sought out the famous clock in the film “Brief Encounter” and the tea rooms which have been restored as they looked in the film.
We presented ourselves onto Platform 2 and whilst we waited a short walk along the platform yielded a steam locomotive being started up in the yards – not sure of the name of the train but it was mighty impressive.
As a place, Barrow leaves the strong impression of a town in trouble – boarded up and empty shops; many charity shops and a general feeling of not going anywhere – I don’t think that the rain helped either.
We did a bit a walking around and could see some signs of jobs creation, but still seems that it will take a lot to bring Barrow back to a brighter place.
|This fellow, a borzoi, had the run of the pub where|
we dropped in for a drink - here he is asleep on one
of the seats
After some lunch we slowly wandered back to the station for the return journey – we wish we had walked more quickly and caught the earlier train, because by the time we reached there the flashing message against the train was “BUS” – the train route is very direct; the panorama of the trip into Barrow was that the road would hardly compete with this – we expected a much longer trip and we were hardly surprised.
We were both glad to step off the bus and make our way back to the boat and an excited Banjo who had been such a good boy for the day – out of the boat quick smart for some relief.
There was also a need to run the engine to charge the batteries; but most enjoyable was sitting comfortably and putting our feet up.
Diane relaxed a bit more with Dr Who and of course Eurovision was on as well – for me, I can do without them both!!