I've been wanting to do this for sometime and this steam-train experience
was finally organized!
Here is a photo of our steam train waiting for us to climb aboard
in London's Victoria Station.
Look at the comfortable plush armchairs and the white cloth and napkins
on the table ready for us to have breakfast!
Each carriage had a name painted on the side
the one I was in was called 'Amethyst'.
Here's the locomotive. Isn't she grand?
Look at all that steam.
This was at a station during one of our numerous stops.
Steam trains need a lot of pampering
including long stopovers for water, oiling various parts
and screws tightening up and the metal wheels checking over.
Here's the engine driver in the cabin of lovely burgundy coloured locomotive.
The name of our train is Princess Elizabeth
This is a plaque to give a little royal information.
Look at some of the workings of this marvellous machine
Puff, puff, puff
Here she comes after a rather long overhaul.
Champagne before the meal!
We were travelling from London down to Cornwall
on the west coast of England.
I took this from the train as we neared Devon
This is the Brunel Bridge which spans the River Tamar
from Devon into Cornwall
Here's a view down on the river from the train which
is going across that bridge.
Now we're travelling alongside the sea.
It feels quite exciting.
We arrived quite late at night after dinner on the train.
Here is our hotel on the outskirts of Newquay.
We stayed here for three nights.
We were so lucky to have a sea view
and excellent weather.
There were different outings organized each day
if we wanted to do them.
I chose to visit two gardens,
one of which is called The Lost Gardens of Heligan
a most wonderful place to visit.
As a parting photo, here is a pink sunset taken from my hotel room.
Here is a short video of the very train I was on
during the 17-20 September period