Posts tagged ‘Blue Riband’

May 26, 2012

New directions

by 3arn0wl

Chorley University undergraduate, Ali Moany, is studying for the bar.  She decided to make the most of the glorious weather and took the Blue Riband along the recently completed extension to Upper Snodding. From there she walked up to the trig point way above Winskill with her tablet and spent the day reading.

Rosie Barriclough’s decree absolute plopped through the door,  somewhat ironically.  She went for a walk to clear her mixed emotions.

And Percy, weighed down by the judgement he’d been considering for some time, decided to don his Chauhan’s boots and amble up the hill for some fresh air.

April 7, 2012


by 3arn0wl

In the hiatus of Easter Saturday, vendors are hoping to separate punters from their hard-earned.

As La Belle glides up and down the Burbling offering lunch and afternoon tea, with the lure of an Easter Bunny crèche, the Blue Riband chugs along the Biscuit Line to find a story telling Paddington Bear at Tooting Halt.

There’s a Treasure Hunt in Poppleton Park, where teams are encouraged to find the ‘golden eggs’.

Lord Rupert’s hosting an egg-decorating workshop, led by Bill Wainwright and Antonín Biskup. The W.I. are there too, selling their cakes and preserves.

And Gawthrop Farm’s open to visitors – children love to pet the animals of course, and there’s always a chance of seeing a lambing. With egg tossing and egg rolling games and a hayride on offer, it’s a good job there’s some Scrum-P available for the adults.

March 27, 2012

The train is a coming

by 3arn0wl

Riding a wave footplate of interest and enthusiasm for the project, the BLAGGERS are delighted to announce that the next phase of the restoration of the Biscuit Line – the eight mile stretch between Tooting and Lower Snodding – is to begin.

“Despite the economic climate, funding is flooding in from users, from donations, from sponsors and from grants,” said chairman of the Biscuit Line, Roger Moore, “And this phase should cost less even though this stretch is longer.”

Phil Anyould has submitted his estimate of the cost of the works and is confident of securing the contract.

Asked what he thought about he Blue Riband coming to Lower Snodding again, Lord Rupert said: “I’m chuffed to bits!”

February 14, 2012

A full head of steam

by 3arn0wl

Following her success in organising the Saturnalia ShindigSally from the Bourbon line had been tasked to think up some February Fun on the Blue Riband.

She came up with:

  • a Thomas the Tank Engine Day,  for the toddlers with their grandparents;
  • a Hogwarts Express Day,  for teenagers going back to boarding school and
  • a Railway Children Day,  for those still cradling a crush on Jenny Agutter.

But today’s was the easiest of all to organise,  ‘cus everyone fancies a ride on Valentine’s Day. 😉

January 23, 2012

The Dragon of Tooting tunnel

by 3arn0wl

Several loyal readers got in touch with press Here earlier today to report some unusual goings on in Tooting tunnel:

  • Tooting resident, Joe Appleby was awoken by hissing and loud roars;
  • Rosie Barriclough was considerably disconcerted by the vibrations she felt underfoot as she delivered the day’s mail;
  • And Granny Smith, on her way into Poppleton on the 2B noticed a voluminous amount of smoke emanating from the tunnel exits.

Mike West and the boys were summarily summoned to the scene, and approached the aperture with all due caution. They knew all about the legend of the dragon of Tooting tunnel.

In the event though, the Tooting Dragon hadn’t been aroused at all: it was Roger Moore and his fireman, Lord Rupert, tinkering on the footplate of the Blue Riband.

And weren’t they ashen faced on being discovered!

December 30, 2011

A steaming success

by 3arn0wl

Well it has to be said that it’s been a bit of a hit.

  • Women love to ride on it,
  • Men want to drive it,
  • And boys can’t resist playing with it!

Seems like the Blue Riband is building up a head of steam!

December 17, 2011

god what a night!

by 3arn0wl

Now then. Not many companies have their work’s Christmas do on a steam train, but then again, not many MDs have a folly as large as a steam train and a five-mile stretch of track to have a work’s do on.

But this year, Roger Moore was proud to stand on the foot-plate and tootle along to Tooting for a bit of festive fun.

Sally, from the Bourbon line,  was put in charge!  Of course there was food, there was booze, and everyone was in colourful costume and silly hats. And there was music and dancing and reveries aplenty until late into the evening:  the fetters of the formal boss-worker relationship were unbound, at least for one night.

And although they’d had a good laugh at the MD‘s expense all night, he still gave them each their Christmas bonus!