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The dining car standing at platform 3 is the last to depart from York – forever



These gently swaying restaurants have always been a classy public place where even grubby standard class passengers could taste first-class treatment. As a waiter on the East Coast service recalls, lone diners would complain about being seated together, but once the wine started flowing they would all be chatting and swapping business cards. “The deals that got done in this car,” he sighs.

Patrick Barkham sums up the experience of travelling in style on the East Coast Main Line. Sad that the dining cars are being shunted off the tracks in the new timetable. 

Scotsman Preview Weekend

What’s on at NRM York

Scotsman Preview Weekend

The restored locomotive returns in 2011.

 Catch a glimpse of Flying Scotsman on the Turntable as her magnificent restoration nears completion. Join us for a sneak preview of the iconic locomotive in wartime LNER black for the first time since the 1940s, before her Apple Green livery is applied this summer.

Participate in a range of fun family activities including craft workshops, a Scotsman Trail and daily talks about the locomotive and its restoration. You can also see delicate archive material relating to the locomotive in Search Engine.

Flying Scotsman will be operating on the mainline in 2011. For up-to-date details on this, as well as steam tests and further details of her grand unveiling, check the Flying Scotsman website in the coming months.

WIN a ride with the newly restored loco in our amazing Flying Scotsman competition.


Perhaps resolve would have been better

This prayer has been written for Kate and Wills for their marriage and can be used by anyone getting married.

But when I read it out loud to Joan we both laughed at the phrase ‘strengthen their wills’. Wouldn’t resolve have been a better word’

From the article:-
It asks God to “look in favour on William and Catherine and all who are made one in marriage”.
The full text of the prayer reads: “God of all grace, friend and companion, look in favour on William and Catherine and all who are made one in marriage.
“In your love deepen their love and strengthen their wills to keep the promises they will make, that they may continue in life-long faithfulness to each other; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

This prayer comes at the end of an article about Kate Middleton being confirmed in the CofE.…

Fi Glover misses her last Saturday Live show

I’m sad enough that Fi Glover is leaving the show she established in the former John Peel slot on Radio 4 – now she won’t even have the chance to say goodbye. 

Here’s the email she sent out to her fans. I particularly like the line “it is only through understanding other peoples’ stories that we learn how to understand our own.” Fi certainly offered us a wide range of stories from fascinating people from across the UK.

Thank you Fi – looking forward to your new show – whatever it is.

From: Fi Glover <>
Date: Thursday, 31 March 2011 16:38:32
Subject: Fi’s newsletter: 31 March 2011

Hello peoples,

It’s quite a show lined up for you this week. Anthony Horowitz as the studio guest star ?? the amazing story of one evacuee from the Second World War whose sojourn in the country changed his life, the Inheritance Tracks of the quite marvellous William Boyd and the I Was There of the captain of the SS Canberra ?? a school holiday ship requisitioned for the Falklands War.

And all of this will be brought to you by the wonderful Richard Coles. I know. It was meant to be my last show and I can’t tell you how miffed I am to not be able to bring it to you. I had planned many a pompous thing to say you know??… But here’s the deal. I had a nasty bout of bronchitis last week from which I haven’t entirely recovered. And on walking into the office this afternoon the team greeted me with faces that said ‘you look like poo’. And to be honest I don’t feel that well. Timing has never been my strong point ?? as many a radio producer will tell you. So, rather than moan on about it I take my leave of you. I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed the last four and a half years. The thing that I have been so struck by is the honest and entertaining way in which all of you have shared your stories ?? and it is a great truth that it is only through understanding other peoples’ stories that we learn how to understand our own.

I told you I’d get pompous. Thankyou for all of your kind emails and posts ?? I’m going to write back to you all in the near future. I don’t think you can spread germs through an email, but if you are worried then do give it a quick wipe down with an antiseptic swab before opening.

Anyway ?? I shall speak to you via the orifice of Radio 4 very soon.

Onwards and upwards!

HUGE Love and hugs to you all


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