Evening Sky at Torrs Point

Evening Sky at Torrs Point

 

A view looking south-west across the mouth of Kirkcudbright Bay with Little Ross Island on the left and Meikle Ross in the centre with Ross Bay on the right. In the far distance across Fleet Bay is the coast of the Machars towards Burrow Head with its early Christians sites around Whithorn.

This part of Scotland is away from the main tourist areas further north, so is quiet with little traffic and is an area well worth exploring.

 

 

Hills of Cumbria

Hills of Cumbria

 

Although The Lake District National Park is, as the crow flies, only about 25 miles away across the Solway Firth, by road it is nearer 100 miles. When we drive South to visit the family we rarely make a diversion to visit the area which is a pity because, as you can see, it’s a majestic landscape with rugged mountains and sweeping valleys and at every twist of the road there’s a view worth taking.

This is Troutbeck where the road begins the climb up to Kirkstone Pass

 

 

Getting ready for Departure

Getting ready for Departure

 

We don’t seem to be able to travel without our music.

If this was my regular train, I think I would find sleep hard to resist.

When I was young and travelling to college, I slept too well and missed my station, so it isn’t just the old codgers who fall into that trap.

 

 

Waiting to Go!

Waiting to Go!

 

A view from the train as we waited for departure time at Central Station, Glasgow, on our return leg back to Dumfries in South-west Scotland.

 

 

Old Glasgow

Old Glasgow

 

One of the most satisfying aspects of the old transport museum in Glasgow was the recreation of a street scene and happily this has been brought to the new Riverside Museum and is one of the highlights of the displays.

 

 

Subway: Ancient

Subway: Ancient

 

The new Riverside Museum holds the collection previously seen in the Glasgow Transport Museum. The collection is very strong and full of interest though I thought that the old museum did justice to the collection rather better than the new which frankly is too small to house the collection adequately. They have a very fine range of old cars but they are suspended high in the air on an interior wall. I came away very disappointed and somewhat confused by the arrangement of the exhibits. The museum strikes me as an example of form over function.

Nevertheless there as some interesting displays, and this is an old car from the early days of the Glasgow subway system.

 

 

Subway: Modern

Subway: Modern

 

 

Glasgow Subway was opened in 1896 and runs entirely underground on its 6.5 mile circular route. It’s unusual in using a track gauge of 4 feet.

Tomorrows post will show ‘Subway: Ancient”

 

 

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