Tuesday, 19 March 2013

A day in The Tin Bath.....

"OMG she doesn't have a proper bathroom if she has to use a tin bath!" I hear you saying.   Actually The Tin Bath is the what the Railway Touring Company called the train which was steam hauled from Manchester on Sunday.

Here's one of the steam engines that pulled the train.

 and the other one

 The red line on the map below shows The Tin Bath Route.

Along with our friends we boarded the First Class Carriage of the train at 10.30 am for the 10.45 departure from Victoria Station, Manchester, the train had started it's journey in Preston.    

Leaving Victoria Station behind we travelled through various districts of Manchester into Yorkshire, enjoying tea/coffee and Danish Pastries during the journey to our stop in Sheffield, where we had an hour to grab a drink in a local pub before rejoining the train.

The next leg of the journey would last five and a half hours, travelling through Barnsley, Penistone, Huddersfield, Burnley, Blackburn, Bolton and  back to Manchester Victoria.   We enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine (beer for the boys), which we had taken on the train and the train stewards served up a selection of finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, and tea and coffee during the second part of the journey whilst we enjoyed the scenery.

Arriving back in Manchester we left the train and called in a city centre pub for a drink before going to Red Hot World Buffet, an all you can eat place that caters for every taste imaginable - sushi, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, USA, Japanese,  Thai, Mongolian, English and more desserts than you can imagine!  We were invited to the opening of the Manchester branch last year, by friends whose son designs the restaurant chain, and we received a passport entitling us to a 20% discount on our total bill as many times as we like until the year 2022, so it was a great opportunity to use it.

After gorging ourselves we went for a little walk around to work off the food and called in a pub where they were celebrating St. Patrick's Day.  We stayed long enough to have a couple of drinks then phoned for a taxi to take us home as we were really tired.    It had been a very long but enjoyable day and we are hoping to take a trip with the Railway Touring Company in January/February on the Settle to Carlisle line.

I won't be around next week as MWM and I are off too the Isle of Wight on Monday until Friday.  Of course I will be taking photos and will tell you all about it when I get back.


Beach Bum said...

That sounds like an amazing train trip!

Isle of Wight

Can't wait to see the pictures!

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

interesting, what do they have for american food?

smiles, bee

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Ron said...

"OMG she doesn't have a proper bathroom if she has to use a tin bath!" I hear you saying"

HAHHAHAHA! Yes, when I first read your post title on my reader, I DID think something like that :)

What GREAT photos! Love the ones of you sitting in the diner car. Everything looks so elegant. And "First Class' no less! How awesome!

My favorite photo is the one with you and MWM. What a lovely couple you are!

Have a wonderful time on your trip next week. Looking forward to reading all about it!


A said...

I've always wanted to take a proper train trip with some close friends but have never had the opportunity. Sounds fun!

Valerie said...

The Tin Bath... engine.... ah yes, got it!

Hubby would be quite envious, Pearl. I think I've said before that he's a bit of a train buff. Mind you, I think I'd enjoy the trip as well.

Great pics, too.

Flowerpot said...

What a brilliant trip - you are getting around, Ak!

Akelamalu said...

I was fun Beach and we are really looking forward to IOW as neither of us have every been there.

Not sure Bee but that's what it says on their website. I only got as far as the Chinese and I was full up! ;)

Yes indeedy Cloudia :)

First Class was very comfortable Ron and it was our Christmas present to each other so we did it in style. :)

I hope you get to do it sometime A :)

You should check out the Railway Touring Company websie Valerie, they may have trips from where you live. x

We are indeed Flowerpot and loving every minute. :)

Daryl said...

so tell me, what were the USA foods, i am so curious what culinary treats define us .. have a wonderful get-away .. cant wait to see what you see

Finding Pam said...

What a fabulous train trip. I enjoyed hearing about it. Great picture of you two.

Akelamalu said...

I don't know Daryl I only got as far as the Chinese and I was full! You could follow the link and look at the menu, see if anything looks familiar.

It was Pam, glad you enjoyed hearing about it and thanks. x

Dianne said...

I love trains and this trip looks so glamorous
you and hubby and friends look so glamorous

Travis Cody said...

The Tin Bath eh? Sounds like quite a wonderful way to see the countryside.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

My husband would absolutely have loved this! When he was a boy, he used to carry buckets of water to the steam trains that would stop across the fields from our farm. He's totally obsessed with steam trains and I've been looking into a surprise journey for him.

CJ x

Akelamalu said...

We love train journeys too, especially first class trips like this one Dianne. Thanks for the compliment. x

It was Trav :)

MWM is a train buff CJ, he used to go train spotting when he was a boy. Look on the website for a trip for him, let me know if you find one. x

Secret Agent Woman said...

I thought it was going to be a metallic version of the Hot Springs tubs I go to here!

A Lady's Life said...

I love trains and we have one we can take through the rockies but have yet to do that.
It must be a lot of fun.

Akelamalu said...

Ah fooled you SAW ;)

We are hoping to do the train across the Rockies later this year LL, MWM's dream holiday. :)

G-Man said...


Akelamalu said...

Sorry G still not got my 55 head on. x

tony said...

Wow I Missed That one!Sounds Like A Perfect Way to spend a day (though a strange route....sometimes The Steam Trains run through Hebden Bridge,but not this time)

CrystalChick said...

Love the idea of train travel ... just not sure the motion sickness I've had forever would allow it. I'll live thru your travels that way though. :) Fun times!

Lorraine said...

You have such a varied and interesting life. Thanks for sharing yours with us. It doesn't seem so bad sitting at home every day when I can share your travels and fun xxxxx

la bellina mammina said...

Cool photos and you're looking good Akelamalu... Have missed catching up on your life :-)

Banker Chick said...

Another wonderful adventure, Looking forward to the Isle of Wight photos. I am back home on Thursday.

Maggie May said...

My grandsons would have loved this trip. They are steam train fanatics!
Maggie x

Nuts in May

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Akelamalu said...

It did actually go through Hebden Bridge Tony, check the map. It was a perfect way to spend a day. :)

I used to be very travel sick as a child Crysal Chick, it's no fun. Glad you enjoy my travels.

We so enjoy travelling Lorraine and are of the mind we may as well do it while we can. So pleased you enjoy reading about them.

Missed you too La Bellina Mammina

Hope you enjoy the IOW as much as this BankerChick :)

MWM is disappointed that none of our grandchildren are really enthusiastic about steam trains Maggie.

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