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Trip Report: London and Norfolk and riding the rails

Trip Report: London and Norfolk and riding the rails

Old May 10th, 2006, 11:48 AM
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Intrepid1- just saw your post yesterday even though it's been on a few weeks. French relatives were in town for a few weeks so limited my Fodor browsing time a bit.
Great report - of course the train experience was fun to read about andyes i know how exhilarating it must have been - non-rail buffs may wonder why go to all the trouble for what seems to be hard work as you described.
I also liked you description of Great Yarmouth - i collect faded seaside resorts and Great Yarmouth has been on my list. Nearly went there when i was in Norwich last December but thought that wasn't the best time - glad to hear it's a primo tacky place - i too am fascinated by those type places. Will go there on my next Uk trip in Sep i hope.
I also have taken the train/bus to Avebury and like you found it a fantastic sight - while i wouldn't say skip Stonehenge and go to Avebury instead - Stonehenge is a place you've always heard of and have to see, but Avebury to me was a much much more intimate experience - yes i remember walking up to and even touching the many stones, with bleating sheep crunching at the grass around them.
Good luck on the Gold Course - 15 inches gauge is pretty tiny! I'll have to get out my Ordnance Survey atlas and 'track' the nine-mile route.
And love those station cafes!
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Old May 10th, 2006, 04:56 PM
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Intrepid1, we also loved your report as we enjoy "themed" travel such as yours. We spent a great week in Norfolk 3 years ago and rode this railway on one of their Thomas days (small boys, you understand), so your report brought back nice memories.

PalQ, loved your phrase "collect faded seaside resorts." I guess we do too.
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Old May 11th, 2006, 08:21 AM
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Intrepid1- this seems to be a very narrow gauge - do you know if it was originally that tiny or converted later for tourist use. Just curious what this line was when it was a real railway or was it built as a museum tourist railway. Thanks.
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