Monday, 10 September 2012

Ticket to ride

I went to a birthday bash yesterday. I'm not sure how it can be right that one of closest friends is now 60, when I am still so very young, but nevertheless that was the occasion.

Dining in style
Will is a railway enthusiast, so to mark his special day a coach-load of us went on a Dining Car Excursion on a vintage steam-hauled train courtesy of the Great Central Railway. The 16-mile return journey took us from Loughborough to Leicester North station and back, pausing on the bridge across picturesque Swithland Reservoir to admire the views of the Leicestershire countryside.

Setting the mood
I'm not a steam engine buff, but it would be a hard heart that wasn't moved by the sight of one of these mighty beasts: and the smell! It makes everyone nostalgic for bygone days, whether or not they are actually old enough to remember them. It was all very Agatha Christie.

So we dined in style in a luxurious Pullman carriage. The food was cooked actually on the train, not imported in huge vats to be reheated, and it was delicious.The drink flowed, the talking never stopped and a good time was had by all. Cheers, Will!

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