Monday, 26 April 2010

Post & Rail



Two enthusiams in one. Here is the donations box for the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway, a preserved line that runs from Toddington, where the box is, through Winchcombe to Cheltenham Race Course. I'm not quite sure where Warwickshire comes into it, but I believe the 'The Honeybourne Line' as they now call it once ran up to Stratford-upon-Avon in the neighbouring county. This beautiful Victorian pillar box has now been repainted in the Great Western Railway's original light and dark stone colours, as is the footbridge behind it. Which, if you're ever in this delightful neck of the Cotswolds woods, you'll see couldn't be more complementary to the landscape. I've yet to travel on this line, but intend to do so this year as the GWR celebrates it's 175th anniversary. Toot toot!

21 comments:

Philip Wilkinson said...

Yes, the line once went north to Broadway and thence on to Stratford, where the 'Warwickshire' bit comes in. I think it's the ambition of the railway's volunteers eventually to extend the line northwards, but this is a very long-term goal.

Jon Dudley said...

A sort of chocolate box and very nice too. I've often seen the plumes of smoke from the steamers on this line as they pass through the valley below Prescott. Three indulgences in one - the ancient cars attempting to climb Prescott Hill, the 'toot toot' of the locomotives and the idyllic views to Evesham in the distance.

Diplomate said...

This is all very well and quaint etc - BUT - I really can't sanction the mis-painting of the pillar box. I am as keen a fan of preserved lines as it's possible to be, I too have my ears permanently tuned to pick up the most distant and feint glimmer of a train whistle, I crane my neck as I drive or walk around the country to catch a glimpse of an old cutting, a swamped milepost, a hedge-strangled cossing post. Most of these fleeting images are of course filtered to monochrome, the unruly vegetation stripped back, I can enjoy the scene as intended, the bustle of activivty around the platform, the stop/start conversations interupted by whistles, slamming doors and shouts, I could go on for hours(and would love to) but in all my excitement i would still struggle to accept the quaintification of a pillar box - it's plain wrong and somebody should sort it out.

alastair fox said...

I agree with Diplo.

Jon Dudley said...

But surely you couldn't have noticed, what with its being filtered to monochrome Diplo?

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Peter Ashley said...

I suppose you're right. I will never, ever, photograph anything so wrongheaded ever again. But at least it's used for something, instead of standing there blocked-off and useless.

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