It seemed a car club of owners of Mazda MX5s had turned up for lunch. We might never get a meal. There were more cars around in the side street and the car park. Our Hairdresser Friend has a Mazda MX5 with a soft top. I sent her the photo of them all lined up.
I should have taken this on an angle as it is one very long sausage dog.
The interior is a an interesting mix of old, original and modern. I expect the hotel could seat one hundred or more for a meal in various areas. It was almost full for Sunday lunch when a few more people arrived on the Puffing Billy train to dine.
Main courses were mostly up near the $30 mark, which is a bit on the expensive side for a pub, but the food was fine and the many staff friendly and helpful. There was an Aga in one spot, and I just had to walk past it to see if it was alight. It was, and nice and warm.
After lunch I wandered across the road to the station and lucked it just as Puffing Billy was being shunted.
The locomotive is an N Class narrow gauge, at times called 'Old Polly', 'Hissin' Jinnies' and 'Coffee Pot'. She is one of an original fleet of 17 Baldwin locomotives, with the first two built in Philadelphia, US, and the remainder built at our own Newport Workshops between 1898 and 1915. She is a rather pretty little engine.
What is the pit for? Adjusting the train brakes?
I think she is being 'fed and watered'.
In contrast to Haddock's very nicely made steam train video in the picturesque Cumbrian countryside of England, mine are very amateur.
Lots of steam, 9 seconds
Moving to water tank and coal store, 45 seconds
Moving the carriages out of the way before detaching the locomotive, 60 seconds
I am often asked what is my interest in trains and trams, and to a lesser extent buses. I am not a train or tram nerd. I believe in public transport and I enjoy using it. Trains and trams transformed our cities to be what they are now. The social, personal and work impact of them in the 1800s changed city life, and country life for that matter, like nothing else had, and only motor cars since have changed society more.