After a ‘Truck’ related break I’m back to take part in Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge. Cee’s photo this week is a rather nice blue vessel – not sure if it’s a fishing vessel or a tug and she has suggested boat, golden hour, night, ship, stormy sky, blue, rock, water, bay, blue, orange, as possible subjects. So lets start with something similar…

Fuengirola Harbour

…Fishing vessels in Fuengirola Harbour. We also have clouds, water, blue, letters and numbers, and some rather large rocks in the distance 😅

Here’s a view at Crystal Palace…

Crystal Palace Bus Station

…with Stormy Skies overhead the bus station.

Hendon Central Station…

Hendon Central

…Golden hour, blue, orange lights.

Finally, Centrebus 113 in St Albans…

Centrebus 113 (L713 JUD), St. Albans

Orange and Blue 👍

Catch up with Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge here.

I’ll start this post with a reminder of what this project is about.- I’m trying to visit all the farthest points that I can reach using my pensioner’s Freedom Pass. Here’s the map…

…Additionally, I’m including all the termini for trains. The aim is to be getting out and about to improve my general fitness 👍 You’d be surprised how much leg-work is involved at stations😅

This trip was about clearing off a lone farthest point – on a chilly and cloudy day in north London, I decided to go on a trip out to Elstree & Borehamwood. It may look close to Edgware, but in real time, it isn’t! I can get a bus here from High Barnet, and I can also go to Colindale and Watford but it’s definitely not the same as taking the bus from Mill Hill East to Edgware as I did in a previous Freedom Pass outing. So this was definitely one to do on its own.

The first time I visited this station, the line was not electrified and the old Midland Railway awnings were still in place…

47xxx_Elstree_JUL79

…That was back in 1979. Sadly the awnings were victims of the electrification to Bedford. The current station is a much more modern structure. It lacks the elegance but is possibly more passenger friendly…

Elstree & Borehamwood Station

…shot taken from the road bridge over the line.

I was talking about the possibility of using buses to go between here and Barnet. Here’s a Metroline 107 service that skirts along the very edge of the TfL zone to get here…

Metroline VW1175 (LK11 CXJ) at Elstree & Borehamwood Station

…I’ve ridden the Barnet to Elstree section with Alasdair a few years back but I haven’t done the ongoing trip to Edgware. As for a run across to Watford, that is a non-TfL route. Sullivan Buses operate the 306 route and, in the past, their vehicles were painted in approved TfL red. With the 306 firmly in Hertfordshire, Sullivan’s have now chosen a pseudo London Country Buses green for the vehicles operating that route!..

Sullivan Buses AE1 (MS10 SUL) at Elstree & Borehamwood Station

…Looks Good 😎👍

One thing I missed were the Uno pink and purple buses – Uno seem to have pulled back from serving the railway station and now only run as far as the bus station.

Back on the station and I got some shots of East Midland Railway services along with the ubiquitous class 700’s on Thameslink services. Here’s a selection of shots 😎 Firstly here’s a Class 222 (222020) on a northbound service to Nottingham with the tunnel under Scratchwood behind…

222020 at Elstree & Borehamwood

…Scratchwood sits on part of the same ridge that we saw in my Hadley Wood post.

I don’t photo the 222’s very often so here’s 222014 on a southbound service…

222014 at Elstree & Borehamwood

…a fast run from Sheffield to London St Pancras – it only calls at Chesterfield, Derby and Leicester on its trip south, which makes it one of the fastest trips of the day though it doesn’t qualify for the epithet ‘Master Cutler’ – that belongs to the earlier 07:25 service from Sheffield.

St Pancras to Corby services are handled by Class 360 units. These are recent transfers from the Clacton and Walton services of Greater Anglia, released following the arrival of the Class 720 units. I think they looked good in their original dark blue but the EMR purple seems to suit them too and I like the detailing around the cab windows. Here’s 360107 leading 360109 northbound…

360107 at Elstree & Borehamwood

I guess we should also include a Thameslink service for completeness – 700046 passes through on the relief lines with a St Albans to Sutton service…

700046 at Elstree & Borehamwood

…Normally scheduled to stop here, it’s running late due to issues with a failed train in the Farringdon area and will run non-stop to St Pancras. The next, also late running, service was only a few minutes behind so passengers didn’t have to wait too long as Thameslink re-jigged their services 😎

Hope you enjoyed this latest trip out on the rails 😎👍

Yesterday I braved the heat to fit in a trip to a couple more destinations that I need for my project. I decided to focus on two stations in south west London, Hampton and Hampton Court. Once more, like when I visited Ewell, the plan was to travel out to one station and come back from the other with a walk in between. Unlike Ewell, I already had some local knowledge from attending football games. At the Hampton end, I had once travelled to the station for an evening game against Hampton & Richmond FC. So I had some recollection of the section from the station to their ground. At the other end of the walk, I have visited Hampton Court Station when going to a game against Metropolitan Police FC. It was the bit in the middle that was vaguely mysterious but then I believe I have even travelled along that bit in a coach! So the planned walk was not a step into the unknown but rather a case of joining the dots of some recollections.

I travelled out from Waterloo on a Class 707 unit bound for Shepperton via Kingston. The route taken after leaving the South Western mainline at New Malden is quite a mazey one. As a result, the trip from Waterloo takes around 40mins. I arrived at Hampton station and took a couple of photos for the record…

Hampton Station_1
Hampton Station_2

My trainspotting trips for the project sometimes become less about the trains as other things catch my attention. This was one of those days. Walking down Station Road, I came across a DAF LF delivering beer to a pub…

Tradeteam FN19 EUH in Hampton

…The water underneath tells a tale of a leaking water main rather anything wrong with the DAF.

My route took me down to the A308 which parallels the River Thames. I popped down to the Hampton Ferry landing stage and found some retired people enjoying the sun…

River Thames at Hampton

…back up to the road and a view looking back along Thames Street (A308) into Hampton with the Bell Inn standing tall above the heavy traffic…

The Bell Inn, Hampton

A bit further along the A308, now called Hampton Court Road, I ventured onto the bridge connecting Tagg’s Island to the Borough of Richmond on the north bank and got this view of the Thames looking north west…

River Thames at Tagg's Island, Hampton

Traffic is very heavy along the A308 which was a bit of a pain in the very hot weather but as a compensation, I got to photograph a couple more trucks for my collection. This is a brand new Iveco S-Way…

Morcross Transport LX22 WMA, Hampton Court Road

…with a very proud and happy driver 😎 Then there was this slightly older DAF…

Danco D18 NCO on Hampton Court Road

Eventually it was time to cross the river and I was pleased to photograph the pleasure craft, Yarmouth Belle as she prepared to dock at Hampton Court…

Yarmouth Belle at Hampton Court

…Don’t let the the paddles and funnel fool you – they’re just for show. This is a diesel driven propeller vessel. That doesn’t mean she’s not historic though! She was built in in Great Yarmouth in 1892. Much of her early working life was spent on the River Yare doing passenger runs between Yarmouth and Norwich for the Great Yarmouth & Gorleston Steamboat Co. Originally a steamer, the company sold her to a new owner based in Kingston-upon-Thames, where she was converted to diesel power. She’s been with a number of pleasure craft companies over recent years and is currently operated by Turk Launches.

Finally, I’ve reached Hampton Court and it’s time to board the train back to Waterloo before I wilt in the heat…

5720 at Hampton Court