No Direction

No Direction is our 70ft Narrowboat which is now home to my wife Jayne and myself, it was launched on 4th February 2008.

We spend the Winters in a Marina and cruise in the warmer weather.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Our Trip to Lincoln.

Sunday, 9th December 2012.
Kings Bromley Marina.

We had another excellent day out with Vintage Trains yesterday travelling to Lincoln and back.  The train left Tyseley bang on time at 7.35, we enjoyed a very leisurely breakfast over the next two hours, passing over the River Trent at Radcliffe close to where the River Soar joins it before a short halt at Nottingham and arrived in Lincoln at 11.45.

We had been warned that the Christmas Market which is only on for four days, gets very busy, but that didn't quite prepare us for how busy. The market it at the top of steep hill ( that's the name of the street ) around the Castle and Cathedral, looking up at the site it looked like a giant ant hill with huge areas moving slowly, estimates were that 100.000 people would be there on Saturday, the organisers had introduced a one way system to keep visitors flowing, last year they had 350.000 visitors over the four days and the introduction of the one way system had brought a few complaints from traders.

It all looked far to busy for us so we spent our time in the quieter areas listening to the busking bands and other street entertainments that seem to be everywhere. 

At 15.45 we were back on the platform waiting for our train which had been kept in a siding during the afternoon, the heating system in these old carriages is sometimes a bit suspect but this one was ok.

Our gleaming engine pulls up to the platform at Lincoln,
not a brilliant picture as I used my phone, didn't fancy
carrying a camera around in such dense crowds.
At 16.21 the train pulled out of Lincoln, the trip back was just over four hours during which we enjoyed another three course meal, how they manage to produce so many roast beef dinners with veggi alternative, all hot and at the same time while working in such a small kitchen is amazing.

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