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Decided to spend the weekend away to Loughborough for some old hobby nostalgia. This particular engine from the early 1960s has been given. numerous extensions of life(too many to explain here). The latest story involves the owners (direct rail services) not requiring it for mainline use and working in partnership with a preservation group (heavy tractor group) to keep it maintained on a preserved railway. The new coat of paint in Trainload metals was applied very recently at Derby before the locomotive was transferred by road. The livery was synonymous with the late 1980s - early 1990s. This shot was at taken at the terminus and is running around the coaching stock for the journey back to Loughborough. #class37 #37714 #railway #railwaystation #diesellocomotive #classictransport #train #uktravel #leicesternorthrailwaystation #gcr #greatcentralrailway #leicestershire #leicester #eastmidlands #j_on_tour

Good morning from the Cotswolds. Opened the curtains to ... Teabags and an orange biscuit !! #roadtrip #cotswolds #tea #gloucestershire #biscuits #view #travel #bnb #window #windowframe #springtime #j_on_tour

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The entrance to Wallington Hall is under a grand clock tower with adjacent historic stables. These have tastefully been converted into National Trust shops. A restaurant is housed out in nearby buildings to the right, hence the foreground courtyard table. #wallingtonhall #wallington #nt #nationaltrust #clocktower #ukpotd #bestukpics #total_uk #uk_greatshots #loves_united_kingdom #uktravel #traveling_uk #discovergb #icu_britain #capturingbritain #explore_britain #explorebritain #scenicbritain #visitbritain #myBritain #britains_talent #photosofbritain #brilliantbritain #excellent_britain #thisprettyengland #unlimitedengland #picoftheday #photography #j_on_tour

Back home and an afternoon out for a friends birthday. Wallington Hall and estate owned by the National Trust was once home to various well known North East families (Fenwick, Blackett and Trevelyan). The bicycle represents a new 2017 initiative encouraging young families to explore the estate on two wheels #wallingtonhall #nationaltrust #NT #northumberland #bicycle #ukpotd #bestukpics #total_uk #uk_greatshots #loves_united_kingdom #uktravel #traveling_uk #discovergb #icu_britain #capturingbritain #explore_britain #explorebritain #scenicbritain #visitbritain #myBritain #britains_talent #photosofbritain #brilliantbritain #excellent_britain #thisprettyengland #unlimitedengland #picoftheday #photography #j_on_tour

After 20 posts of Kent and Sussex, it's time to return north. One of the things that drew me to Kent two years ago was the chance to ride behind this locomotive on the Spa Valley Railway. The poignancy of this post is that this engine has since been sold to a national freight company COLAS and has also left Kent. It costs a lot to upkeep a preserved locomotive but not sure what I think about the quick money fix to wear out a diminishing fleet of engines over 50 years old. #eridge #eridgestation #spavalley #spavalleyrailway #37254 #class37 #railway #railways #railwayphotography #uktrains #ukrailscene #railwaysofbritain #englishelectric #UKRenthusiasts #train_explorer #trainphotography #railwaystation #diesellocomotive #rail #classictransport #train #uktravel #picoftheday #photography #photooftheday #j_on_tour

The residential apartment block of Marine Court in St Leonard's on sea was built during the 1930's at a time when The Queen Mary was launched for the Cunard White Star line 😊It certainly gives a good backdrop for the beach and I've never quite seen anything like this before. #stleonards #stleonardsonsea #marinecourt #marinecourt #eastsussex #ukpotd #bestukpics #thehub_uk #total_uk #uk_greatshots #loves_united_kingdom #uktravel #traveling_uk #discovergb #icu_britain #capturingbritain #explore_britain #explorebritain #scenicbritain #visitbritain #myBritain #britains_talent #photosofbritain #brilliantbritain #excellent_britain #thisprettyengland #unlimitedengland #picoftheday #photography #j_on_tour

Looking towards Beachy Head lighthouse. A once in a lifetime moment of me sitting near a soft chalk cliff edge. These cliffs are synonymous with parts of the south coast of England at the eastern end but also have sadness due to the number of suicides here. The lighthouse is over 100 years old #beachyhead #beachyheadcliffs #lighthouse #cliffs #sussex #bestukpics #thehub_uk #total_uk #uk_greatshots #loves_united_kingdom #uktravel #traveling_uk #discovergb #icu_britain #gloriousbritain #capturingbritain #explore_britain #explorebritain #scenicbritain #visitbritain #myBritain #britains_talent #photosofbritain #brilliantbritain #excellent_britain #unlimitedengland #photography #picoftheday #j_on_tour

Canterbury has one of the oldest cathedrals in the U.K. and was a place of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages. These days it appears that the tourist has superseded our ancestors although I had to wait some time to take this quiet image. It's not the easiest place to get to for most and this being my first ever visit, I decided to take the train. Unfortunately it still proved difficult as the line was closed nearby due to a derailment and had to finish the journey by coach from Ashford. #canterbury #canterburycathedral #clubburrito #kent #architecture #architecturelovers #bestukpics #thehub_uk #total_uk #uk_greatshots #loves_united_kingdom #uktravel #traveling_uk #discovergb #icu_britain #capturingbritain #explore_britain #explorebritain #scenicbritain #visitbritain #myBritain #britains_talent #photosofbritain #brilliantbritain #excellent_britain #unlimitedengland #photography #picoftheday #j_on_tour

Penshurst place has lots of minor history but is probably best described as the finest complete example of 14th century architecture. The house is a good example of how a Castle in its day turned into a home. The residents thought that 32 miles to London was a reasonable commuting distance. Throughout the centuries, the house and gardens were in a varied state of disrepair and upkeep. The grounds and part of the house are open to the public. #penshurst #penshurstplace #kent #architecture #bestukpics #thehub_uk #total_uk #uk_greatshots #loves_united_kingdom #uktravel #traveling_uk #discovergb #icu_britain #capturingbritain #explore_britain #explorebritain #scenicbritain #visitbritain #myBritain #britains_talent #photosofbritain #brilliantbritain #excellent_britain #unlimitedengland #photography #picoftheday #j_on_tour

Rochester Castle is one of the best preserved examples of a Norman Castle. Had a day out on the train from Frant near Tunbridge Wells. It was quite a challenge having to change trains twice in each direction using different routes. The rain held off for this photo anyway 😊 #rochester #rochestercastle #castle #normanarchitecture #architecture #architecturelovers #kent #bestukpics #thehub_uk #total_uk #uk_greatshots #loves_united_kingdom #uktravel #traveling_uk #discovergb #icu_britain #capturingbritain #explore_britain #explorebritain #scenicbritain #visitbritain #myBritain #britains_talent #photosofbritain #brilliantbritain #excellent_britain #unlimitedengland #photography #picoftheday #j_on_tour

The Pantiles developed from Tudor times and later with the discovery of spring water as a health resort and holiday destination. Research of those days suggested that walking was good to supplement the mineral water and consequently a walkway was built and developed over a period of time where the gentry could parade their formal costumes. Nowadays it is home to independent shops and cafes with street festivals at popular times of the year. Staying locally, this became the first stopping place in search of evening meal. #pantiles #thepantiles #royaltunbridgewells #tunbridgewells #kent #architecture #architecturelovers #bestukpics #thehub_uk #total_uk #uk_greatshots #loves_united_kingdom #uktravel #traveling_uk #discovergb #icu_britain #capturingbritain #explore_britain #explorebritain #scenicbritain #visitbritain #myBritain #britains_talent #photosofbritain #brilliantbritain #excellent_britain #unlimitedengland #photography #picoftheday #j_on_tour

Scotney Castle is a 14th century medieval structure surrounded by a moat. As a dwelling house, it was replaced by a 19th century house further up the hill on the estate. The estate is now managed by the National Trust. Other interesting more recent data .... Richard Gere starred in a 1979 film called Yanks and Margaret Thatcher rented a weekend apartment here to retreat to during her time as British Prime Minister. #scotneycastle #kent #nt #nationaltrust #castle #architecture #bestukpics #thehub_uk #total_uk #uk_greatshots #loves_united_kingdom #uktravel #traveling_uk #discovergb #icu_britain #capturingbritain #explore_britain #explorebritain #scenicbritain #visitbritain #gloriousbritain #myBritain #britains_talent #photosofbritain #brilliantbritain #excellent_britain #unlimitedengland #photography #picoftheday #j_on_tour

A day out to Hever Castle was a highlight of the trip to Kent. Some parts of the Castle date back to 1270 and was the home of the Boleyn family .... in laws to Henry VIII. It was later bestowed to Anne of Cleves another of Henry VIII's wives. Later it was owned by various families until it fell into disrepair in the 19th century. The Castle was bought in 1903 by an American millionaire called William Waldorf Astor who not only restored the building and used it as a family home but added Italian gardens for some of his garden ornaments lol . The estate was sold to a company who host conferences there and the general public are now allowed to visit the estate. #hever #hevercastle #castle #architecture #architecturelovers #kent #bestukpics #thehub_uk #total_uk #uk_greatshots #loves_united_kingdom #uktravel #traveling_uk #discovergb #icu_britain #capturingbritain #explore_britain #explorebritain #scenicbritain #visitbritain #myBritain #britains_talent #photosofbritain #brilliantbritain #excellent_britain #unlimitedengland #photography #picoftheday #j_on_tour

Went for a drive along the south coast and spotted this structure on the hillside near Shoreham. A quick google search revealed that this is the largest school chapel in the world and was open to the public. Building on the Gothic revival Lancing College chapel commenced in 1868 and ended unfinished in 1977. #lancing #lancingcollegechapel #church #sussex #westsussex #landscape #bestukpics #thehub_uk #total_uk #uk_greatshots #loves_united_kingdom #uktravel #traveling_uk #discovergb #icu_britain #capturingbritain #explore_britain #explorebritain #scenicbritain #visitbritain #myBritain #britains_talent #photosofbritain #brilliantbritain #excellent_britain #unlimitedengland #photography #picoftheday #j_on_tour

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