Today’s original itinerary has had to be revised due to the change in the weather. The locations I’d hoped to visit are under cloud so I’m winging it a bit and falling back on my ‘to do’ list of shots I need. When you’ve got the whole of the country to cover that’s a bit of a challenge!

Right now I’m on my way to Birmingham via Crewe rather than the direct (but slow) Cross-country route via Stoke-on-Trent.

16:06

I’ve finally had time for a blog update. I’m on my way back from Brum, this time on the direct Cross-Country service. We’ve just stopped at Stafford where a young ‘family from hell’ who’d joined at New St have got off. You know the ones, disruptive and annoying kids whose parents just let them scream, a young father who seems intent on showing off in front of the entire coach with his incessent verbal diarrhoea but who doesn’t have the wit to see no-one in the coach is impressed, they’re just too British to tell him to shut up and stop talking shit – (and tell your whiny brats to behave too)!

Still, Birmingham was interesting. I popped in to have a look at the High Speed 2 (Hs2) railway construction site at Curzon St. The old church grounds that will be used as part of the site have been closed off by hoardings as archaeological excavations and exhumations are taking place between now and 2019. I wonder what they’ll reveal about Birmingham’s 19th century past?

Whilst I was there the increasingly murky skies began to spit with rain so I retreated back to New St. It was a wise move as a heavy shower arrived the same time as me! I’m hoping the weather in Manchester will be better, but looking from my train window I can see the clouds chasing us as we head North…

18:40

I abandoned my Cross-country service at Stockport. I decided to chance the weather and head off down the scenic Buxton branch to see if I could add some shots from the one or two of the pretty and well-maintained stations the line’s graced with. The sun did play ball (sort of) and I managed a couple of locations before I ran out of time and had to head back.

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