Travel by train……. What memories spring to mind!
As a child I can recall only one journey by train with my parents, for my father always had a car, and so that was the preferred method of reaching our holiday destination. In the 1950s that invariably was to the Coast of Wales, north of Barmouth. It may have been that our 1937 Morris 10, was in the garage for repair, but I have a vivid recollection of walking down the wide two flight staircase onto platform five at the magnificent Snow Hill station in Birmingham. Half way down those stairs I stopped and looked through the railings. Just opposite the stairs, and waiting on a London train in platform seven, was a vision of a steam locomotive. From that moment I was hooked.
In the 50s my younger sister and I went to the Saturday matinee at the local Odeon, and the previous week we had watched a short film where a train; obviously a model even then, had careered dramatically off a spindly viaduct to its destruction onto the rocks below, and on this particular journey to the Welsh Coast, our train had to cross the long viaduct across the wide Mawddach Estuary. You can appreciate how a young and imaginative mind can absorb all those new experiences, and the thought of crossing the viaduct, that was visible through the carriage window as the railway approached, was more than a seven year old could stand. The histrionics must have upset the entire carriage, but, of course, we crossed safely. On reflection, I think that fear is not a bad thing, though the things that trouble us can still creep into our thoughts and dreams in the early hours.
Today’s photo is, to my way of thinking, just lovely. Here is Anu bearing up well while we were on a six and a half hour train journey from Kannur in Kerala, to Margao in Goa.
It took me quite a while to extract this image from a video sequence. In the past I have used Apples iMovie to edit video and it was so straight forward to copy a single frame, and for that matter, easy to put together a fairly sophisticated movie. Not now, it seems. The latest version is so unlike Apple software that I could even suggest that they’ve got a rotten apple there.
I think I’m starting to ramble so see you all another day…..