Thursday, 9 April 2015

Steam trains Seaside and Sunshine

It was lovely to see beautiful blue skies in Torbay over the holiday period and incidentally not at all what was forecast by The Met Office.


The locomotive is Goliath 5239 and was built in 1924 in Swindon. If you look carefully you might be able to make out that this engine is travelling backwards. They don't all do this, maybe it's to do with drivers vision on this particular loco.


The beach huts were put back along the promenade a week or so ago and owners have been busy painting them and stocking up for the summer season.


Below is a view across to Paignton and the pretty Goodrington Beach where the swans nest in the nearby nature reserve.


Plenty of people out enjoying the water over the Easter weekend and the beautiful blue skies


I saw swallows on the 2nd April at Broadsands and have recorded this with the Woodland Trusts Big Spring Watch





The Torbay Big Wheel is 60 metres high and weighs 365 tons. It has 40 enclosed gondolas and is situated at along the seafront at Torquay. We can see this from our house as it is directly across the bay. It may not look like it but I took this yesterday evening just after they lit the wheel up. Slightly blurry image as it was hand held and from the living room!

There are plenty of new shops and exciting events coming up for Brixham soon, so I hope to be out with the camera to catch it all on camera.

Happy spring watching
Until next time
SeagullSuzie

22 comments:

  1. It's been such a treat having so much sunshine over Easter and seeing these lovely pictures of people out enjoying the sunshine. I hope the sunshine has helped in your husbands recovery too.Is the Torbay Big Wheel the same as the one that they had down in Plymouth a few years ago? Sarah x

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    1. Hi Sarah, it probably is the same wheel, it's here until November. Still enjoying great weather and it feels so nice doesn't it.

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  2. How wonderful your pictures are! I especially like all the bright and cheery beach huts. That really is a sign of good things to come for me! xx

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    1. The beach hut refurbishments are well underway, and even today plenty of regulars were at their huts enjoying the weather.

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  3. I recall as a boy travelling by steam train and getting a smut in the eye when putting my head out of the carriage windows. We were always warned about this but it made no difference, the thrill of doing so out weighed all. O the smell of smoke and dirty steam was wonderful.

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    1. I'm glad it brought back good memories apart from the stinging eyes! I must go off to the station to get some close ups.

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  4. Beautiful images Suzie - weather here was a lot better than forecast too!! The beach huts look very colourful :) I hope your husband is feeling a lot better now. Look forward to seeing the events in Brixham soon.

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    1. Many thanks, yes hubby is doing very well and walks in this lovely sunshine is really helping. Mitch Tonks is opening a restaurant soon and there is to be a new Tuesday fish market. It was supposed to start this week but I think it was all delayed. I hope to get over to the fish market for some images.

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  5. These are great photos, I love the first one especially. This ride on an old steam train is on my bucket list. I remember as a child running over the bridge as one went under, and being bathed in smoke/steam. A great childhood memory :)

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    1. You must do it Denise...so easy and accessible here too from Paignton, when you come this summer you can catch the steam train to Kingswear....a very pretty journey.

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  6. Gorgeous pictures, I haven't seen the sea yet this year, your photos have made me yearn for the coast. Love the beach huts and the steam train - sometimes the trains on our local steam railway go backwards too:)

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    1. It was something I was used to...never seeing the sea (as we lived inland), but now I couldn't imagine not seeing the sea.

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  7. What a fabulous view from the living room!

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    1. Thanks, it's a little bit misty at night so the wheel has not been lit up, but we do have a great view and it's probably the only reason we bought this house.

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  8. Lovely pictures of Torbay. I had a sandwich last week at Corbyn's Head in the sunshine and it was a very pleasant place to stop overlooking the sea and the bay.

    The locomotive travels backwards because they have no means to turn it round. It travels forwards on the Kingswear to Paignton journey.

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    1. Thanks Philip, we like to take a flask of tea down to the beach or on the green and just sit and enjoy! I did think about the turntable problem, but was sure it was travelling backwards both ways....may need my binoculars to check. A few weeks ago one of the locos couldn't make it up the hill and made several attempts over about an hour, it was sort of fun to watch but I felt sorry for the driver and the passengers. I'm sure it was entertaining the first time, but after about 6 attempts, I bet they thought they'd never make it!

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  9. The weather has been beautiful lately hasn't it and the images above really capture the essence of this wonderful time of the year. Doubly great to see the steam loco too, especially since 5239 is the only currently operating GWR Class 5205.

    Hope you are well and best wishes to all :-)

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    1. Thank you David, it's a fantastic mix of steam trains, seaside and countryside too. Today we had the marvelous 7827 Lydham Manor in service and it's a wonderful looking locomotive. We are really enjoying walks in light clothing rather than endless layers and hats and gloves!

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  10. I always find it surreal when I see that train from M's Dad's flat in Paignton. Great shots as ever!

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    1. Thanks Em, I love them being here and the tourists go mad for them, even the station at Paignton is beautiful.

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  11. The site of those beach huts made my heart skip - I love the coast, the colours, the smell, the light, and as I live in the middle of the north of land locked Lancashire - I am SOoooo envious! I used to live and worth in South Devon years ago and it is lovely seeing your photos - thank you

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  12. We went on The Wheel last September before it was dismantled for the winter. When we were 'up there' in one of the gondolas, husband looked at me and said, "I'm not too sure about this!" but I was too busy with my camera to notice how high up we were, and wobbling a bit! You have three revolutions of the wheel and I really enjoyed it, but mainly because I could take pix from up there and I could imagine that if you weren't concentrating on something like that, it could be a bit scary. Would I go on it again? The jury's out on that one!
    My summerhouse is designed like a beach hut (husband made it for me). Living by the sea in Devon I didn't want one that looked like a Swiss mountain chalet! Beach huts are lovely, aren't they? There is a very good history of beach huts: Sheds on the Seashore by Kathryn Ferry. But for some you have to have a money pit in your garden. One at Shaldon was up for sale for £245,000 in 2012!
    Margaret P

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