Thursday, 19 November 2009

General Idea of the Station

To get some idea of the Station I now include a general schematic layout and an excerpt from the relevant Google-Maps Page. These should help give an idea where things are are in relation to a slightly more famous landmark than the Railway Station.

General view of the Railway Station

Here we have a few general views of the railway station. At the top there is a view of St Peter's from the station platform, and thereafter three shots of the general view.

Here we see the tractor that this used in place of a shunting locomotive.

On the front you can see the apparatus used to push or couple on to the wagons. In the close-up on the side you can see the papal coat of arms in gold in the form of a seal.

The Station with a Goods Train, All Seen from the Doorway between Italy and the Vatican

Exclusive! Vatican Railway Station

The two dominant themes of this blog are of course trains and clergy and where do these two things come together in a better way than the Vatican City State Railway Station. Thanks to a senior cleric I was able to obtain access to the railway station area. The actual building of the station is now a duty-free shop (apparently with a good clerical tailors) but the tracks are still there leading from Italy into the Vatican. In the next few posts I will show some of the photos.

Don't get too excited.

Friday, 13 November 2009


I know that this blog has been a bit boring, photographically speaking. Not because of any technical problems, I've just been too lazy to take my memory card out of my camera. I now have achieved this great feat and so can display a variety of photos from SCRC outings. Maybe I'll post more on another occasion. These ones are all from the West Somerset Railway.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

First £1000 train fare

The BBC today reports that Britain's first £1000 rail fare has now been achieved. Congratulations to all involved! After all its not as if railway companies want people to travel by train. Customers, even first class ones with more money than sense in this case, just mess up trains. It would be far better if trains could be kept empty.

Wait a minute. Maybe railway companies could encourage people onto trains and make a profit by selling tickets to them. Nah, that'll never catch on.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Football Fan set on fire whilst dressed as a sheep on a train

This story on the BBC is certainly unusual. Its tragic, horrific, strange, and surreal all at the same time. Hopefully the victim will be okay and the perpetrator will be punished.

What interested me though was not so much the odd story but the image used by the BBC to illustrate it. They story is about an Arriva Cross Country train, which from the story appears to be the 0925 from Plymouth to Aberdeen (an 11 hour journey). Now the BBC photo might be accurate, but if so, I'd probably be ready to set someone on fire if I'd had to travel from Plymouth to Aberdeen on (what looks suspiciously like) an Arriva Trains Wales 156 rather than the more normal Voyager 220!

ps. Okay, maybe the BBC are right and this was a 156 for operational reasons, etc. This is a possibility. I think it more likely though that they just took the first photo they could of anything with "Arriva" on the side.
pps. Anyone not familiar with Scottish football shouldn't even think about why he was dressed as a sheep.