Many UK towns and cities have a twinned friendship with a European town, one of these friendships is between the City of Lincoln and Neustadt in Germany.
One Christmas in 1982 a few stall holders from the German town decided that they were going to introduce their wares to the people of Lincolnshire. The original market had 11 traditional style German stalls and introduced a new culture to the UK.
Having been on the mailing list of North East Railtours for some time, this trip was always difficult to access as it runs on a friday. The charter company use the SRPS coaches and volunteers from Bo'ness in Scotland to serve meals on board and this particular trip has an end of year Christmas party atmosphere ! Cereal, Bacon Roll, Mince Pie and Mulled Wine on the outward journey with Christmas Dinner on the way back. I first took the plunge back in 2004 to book an Annual leave day from work to sample the experience and have done so six times since that first adventure. For me it's about the whole experience of the train, the food, the market, Christmas and a heavy dose of nostalgia !!
|Class 55 Deltic "Royal Scots Grey"|
|"Steep Hill" Lincoln|
There was a Roman garrison at the top and as the city expanded, the need for an inland harbour that utilised local waterways became essential.
|Lincoln Cathedral East End|
|Modern visitors ... shoppers and shadows !|
|A quiet moment in the market on a friday|
and something a little irreverent .....
|Peace and solitude|
Anyway, enough of waxing lyrical and dwelling in the past ... for the moment ( ! ), it was time to take in some sights ...
|Hans handy with his hands !|
|Somebody else handy with their hands ... and their wallets !|
|Exchanging Plastic for wood !|
|The ultimate burger ?!|
|One of the burger stalls neighbours for the weekend !|
|With all of this, I was left in a spin ...|
|... as I didn't know who was a local, a visitor or an official anymore !!|
|... in the local bakery shop ...|
|Deltic 22 ...or ...ISO 1600 !!|
Even though it raced up the East Coast mainline back home to Newcastle and beyond, it was a named after a regiment and not a racehorse ....