Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Lakeside


There are many lake sides but unlike most of the names in the south lakes area which are Scandinavian or Celtic in origin and sometimes obscure, this ones meaning is in no doubt, because says exactly what it is in plain English, Lakeside.  In Victorian times tourists would come into the area by train but only so far as the margins of the lakes, the narrow valleys and mountains were the barrier.  The London Midland Region trains travel travelled up from London Euston to Carlisle and branches ran off, all change to the Furness Railway to get to Lakeside, but not today.
This heritage line is now cut off from its original route and only travels from Haverthwaite to Lakeside but the train seen here arriving is one that might have got you all the way in 1949 for it is an LMS Fairburn Tank loco.  277 were built and this is one of two owned by the Lakeside and  Haverthwaite Railway still steaming up and down the line.  Dismounting from the train cross the platform and round the corner
 is the steamer terminal, in this case of the boat variety rather than locomotive. 

a pleasant place to wait for the journey down the lake
or watch the boats laid up by the jetties

All aboard.  Well not when I took this picture as it was laid up, but they are steaming every hour from 9:15 onwards now as we enter the tourist season.  Wonder what the weather is like?  Check the web-cam, although not as I post this as it is rather late in the day but hopefully it will be in sunlight on Wednesday.

An entry to ABC Wednesday.  A journey through the alphabet.

16 comments:

Gemma Wiseman said...

A train journey to water views sounds delightful! What a scenic area! Lovely photos!

Leslie: said...

I wonder if that's the train I was on when I was in England years ago. We went to Windermere and I recall going on a boat ride on a lake. I remember it was an old steam train.

Leslie
abcw team

acreativeharbor.com said...

Wow! Love the train and other photos are great! Wonderful for 'L' ^_^

Wanda said...

That would be a lovely tour. The pictures are wonderful and made me feel like I was there.

photowannabe said...

Oh how I would love to journey on that Lake and see the beautiful scenery.
Nice post for the letter L.

Roger Owen Green said...

two of my faves - bodies of water, and trains
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Lea said...

Locomotive to Lakeside!
Interesting bit of history!
Have a great day!
Lea
Lea's Menagerie

bettyl said...

Love your photos and the info is great to know. Lots of L's!

Marie said...

Perfect for L...lakeside and locomotive! Loved seeing your photos!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

your photos are so bright and colorful...this was a delightful visit here and will follow you around now. thanks for the comment on my blog and cheers.

Beverley Baird said...

What a lovely spot! Love those dark clouds. Great place to visit.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I see the brown grass in the last photo. Our grass is brown because we had a drought. What about yours?

LONDONLULU said...

A Lovely part of the country! And along with Locomotives and Lakes, what more could one want? Loved this photoseries.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of the place. I like the shots of that train.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Lovely lakeside view!

Las Vegas
Catching up (again) for L entries, oh Lord, I am always LATE!
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Joy said...

The brown grass Ann is the end of Autumn (the photo was taken in November) and the Autumn trees are about to loose their leaves. I would have liked a bit of drought last year as it was the wettest on record.