Archive for the ‘Fly Line’ Category

Caveat Emptor

Friday, January 25th, 2013


The image above is a screen shot of an eBay sale for a book about the long gone Aberford Railway. Sadly, and that’s why I say “caveat emptor” in my title to this post, it is not what it seems. Here is a description from the sale:

Lost Circular Polaroid Filter

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

If you enjoy the walk along Parlington Lane, from the junction with the old Great North Road in Aberford, west under the Light Arch, along and behind, the Dark Arch, or if you are unafraid of spooks, through the mud inside the arch; then past the Gamekeeper’s Cottage and along past the two Staithes Cottages, and down the hill to Throstle Nest. You will generally be looking at the landscape and features as points of interest. If however your gaze catches the glint of glass in the grass! It may be a circular polaroid photographic filter [67mm ᴓ]dropped inadvertently by a friend of mine during a walk this last weekend. If you are lucky to make such a find, he will be eternally grateful should you return it to him! Just let me know and I will do the rest.

A Walk on the Old Railway Line

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

View Through the Light Arch

A recent stroll along the old Fly-line armed with my camera, gave me time to reflect on the beauty of nature, and no matter how many times I choose the old railway route and Parlington Lane I am always enchanted by the landscape, particularly this view as you come out of the Light Arch heading towards Aberford. The contrast between the long shadows cast from the old stone bridge and the trees following the curve of Parlington Lane, always makes an interesting view.

The Manning Wardle Ghost Train

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Ghost Train

I know I stated that the previous post was my last entry, given I have now left Parlington, well I had a weird dream last night where I was standing above the railway line on the south side of the Dark Arch and I watched the ghostly train go by! Yes very far fetched but I awoke this morning thinking it had really happened! I decided to add this brief post along with an earlier view I created using Sketchup, hope you like the ghost train, the MW Empress (Manning Wardle Locomotive Engineers, Hunslet, Leeds)!

Former Railway Carriage

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Towards the end of the Fly Line at Hawke’s Nest are the remains of an old railway carriage, as shown below. This was for many years used as accommodation, by who I do not know, if anyone has information I would love to here about it.

The carriage was not one that graced the railway, that particular item ended its days in the garden of a house in Aberford, which house I am again unsure!

Hawkes Nest Carriage
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Heavy Rain and Flooding

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Another day of very heavy rain has washed tonnes of material down the valley of the River Crow. An unusual name for a very small river, more of a stream, it sounds as if it should be in Colorado, with mean faced Indians on horseback waiting to strike. Sadly the folk likely to strike hereabouts are gypsies, it seems they made off with a Quad bike from the local farm, also threatened the owners with “sticks”, ┬áso I’m told, when the farmer tried to recover his goods.

Anyway, the rain continues to fall!

There is a collection of the flood pictures on Flickr

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Garforth Colliery

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

For anyone who is interested there is a photograph of the Garforth Colliery on eBay at the moment. Ebay item 130189413153 Does anyone know which colliery it is? I think in may be Trench Pit.

Garforth Colliery

Aberford Railway

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

I [Richard] have been doing a little bit of research regarding the wagons visible in the pictures of the Aberford Railway. Most of the open wagons cannot be identified beyond being typical open wagons of the era.

I’ve had more luck with the coal hoppers. The wagons in the foreground of the “Garforth Colliery” picture (Page 72, Hudson’s book) are NER Diagram P4 10.5 ton coal hoppers (some of the ones at the colliery look to be of the same type – the curved ends and general proportions are distinctive)