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A tale of three bridges

Posted in England, London by folkestonejack on April 16, 2011

I set out this morning on a slightly mad three day trip that would take me from London to Inverness (with stops in Berwick-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh) followed by a return on the Caledonian Sleeper. The plan is to get plenty of fresh air, visit some historic sights and catch a few glimpses of the Great Britain IV railtour at a few places along the way. The three locations I chose all happen to be bridges so I should be thoroughly sick of them by the time the sleeper pulls into Euston on Tuesday morning!

The day started well with the unexpectedly early arrival of A4 steam locomotive Bittern now beautifully disguised as Dominion of New Zealand. I was delighted to see the transformation for real after reading so much internet discussion and speculation in the weeks leading up to today but didn’t have too long to savour the sight as I was booked on the 8.30am East Coast service out of the cross.

Steam locomotive 60019 "Bittern" in disguise as 4492 "Dominion of New Zealand"

Steam locomotive 60019 "Bittern" in disguise as 4492 "Dominion of New Zealand"

My first stop of the day would be Berwick-upon-Tweed where I intended to spend an afternoon sightseeing before finding a good spot to photograph the railtour (which would already be using its second steam locomotive after a switch at Tyne Yard in the afternoon). I had looked at a few maps and concluded a location around Spittal or around the Royal Border Bridge would probably be best and figured I could make a final decision once I had checked out the locations in person… as useful as satellite views and 3d maps are, nothing beats taking a good look yourself!

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