Mallard at Hengistbury

It is some time since I have visited anything to do with railways, although Christmas presents, given and received, concern visits to steam railways so I have things to look forward to. But for now, I have had to make do with the best I can find. And recently, on a glorious visit to the Dorset Coast, I did come across a train, albeit not a railway train and not steam hauled. The train in question was the land train that runs from the Hengistbury Head car park and out along the Mudeford spit. It’s not a train I’d use normally, for we are able to walk, but it is an interesting train with a mixed rake of vehicles behind the engine to include open and closed passenger carriages and a goods truck. I enjoy seeing it. This January, I just took a photo of the loco.

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As we can see, I was taking this shot into the sun, but I can be amused at the choice of name of this vehicle – Mallard. I have no idea what vehicle this loco is based on, but it has coachwork to make it look a bit like a steam loco, which it is not. But the name is borrowed from the fastest steam engine ever. That was one of Nigel Gresley’s class of streamlined pacifics, built for service between Kings Cross, Newcastle and Edinburgh – the one called Mallard.

This rather cute little train doesn’t look a bit like its namesake.

But it is cute – the whole train looks cute too. This photo, with more open carriages, was taken in January 2013.

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As you can see, you get a nice ride on the train and I have used it, when we went there with an elderly aunt. But walking gives us the chance to stop and enjoy the bird life in Christchurch Harbour.

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