The station at Leeming Bar, the view of Pen Hill from the line near Redmire, and AJ at Leyburn Station
On Saturdays, the Blackberry is locked away, the laptop is shut, and we have a Family Day Together. This is a Good Thing. Obviously.
So time to re-acquaint myself with Sandy and AJ, after spending more time with Alan Charlton and thousands of leaflets over the past few weeks. We went to Leeming Bar to catch the 10.35 to Redmire on the Wensleydale Railway.
At £25 for the three of us, the cost was pretty steep, but this is volunteer-run railway, which by rights shouldn't exist at all. During the journey we bought a solitary £1 raffle ticket, and then felt rather miserly as the genial guard explained that the money would go towards the £2.5 million needed to reconnect the railway with Northallerton and the East Coast Mainline. Heavens knows how much it will cost to complete the western link to Garsdale and the Settle to Carlisle line.
So if you come up trumps on the Lottery this weekend, spare them a thought. The website, with a timetable and information about the Association, can be found here.