I`m having a long-overdue sort-out of my old photos and today we`re going with a railway theme.
Above are pictures of steam trains at Matlock Town ( more info from www.peakrail.co.uk ).
Below are pictures of abandoned railway materials near to Bennerley Viaduct. I see these often and always wonder if some group of railway enthusiasts couldn`t find a use for them. They`re doing no-one any good where they are.
I`ve had a quite look around the web, and unsurprisingly there are a bewildering array of sites catering to rail buffs.
For a useful overview of heritage railway sites, click here ; www.uksteam.info/links.htm .
Also useful is www.rail.co.uk .
There are numerous camnpaign groups, including the national campaign Action for Rail ( http://actionforrail.org ) , the Skipton-based SELRAP ( www.selrap.org.uk ) and The Campaign for Better Tranport ( www.bettertransport.org.uk ) who campaign on issues around HS2, for lower train fares and, in partnership with a number of local groups, for the re-opening of a number disused railway lines.