Time to baffle Meldreth's station master, David, again this morning by buying a ticket for another destination that he doesn't get asked for every day; Wymondham this time. Though as David probably knows there's much to see in that little Norfolk town.
The train departs Wymondham station
Now the first thing to get straight is that it's not pronounced Why-mund-ham at all but Wind 'em, with "wind" as in the blowy stuff and " 'em" as "them" is rendered in some parts. So it's "Wind'em", got it?
A neat little station - with a faulty clock!
Many of Britain's rural stations are falling into disrepair as they become un-manned stations where you buy your ticket from a machine. Then the buildings become disused and boarded up. It's a great shame because many are of some architectural merit. But Wymonham station has fared rather better than some and often wins awards for the best-kept small station. It has also been used in the TV comedy "Dad's Army" as Walmington-On-Sea station.
Buckets of flowers
The main station buildings are now in use as the "Station Bistro" and I could do with a cup of tea after my journey so...
G E R - Great Eastern Railway
L N E R - London and North Eastern Railway
Inside it's like stepping back into the 1940s, the walls covered with old photos and the seats are all from old railway coaches. A nice open fire too, very cosy.
Railway seats - and even a luggage rack up above
The Bistro takes as its theme the 1945 film Brief Encounter and one of the stars, Celia Johnson, looks down on you while you wait for the waitress to take your order.
The lady and the train
Everyone else in the establishment seemed to be eating breakfast....
Breakfast for two
Although I have no intention to turn "By Stargoose And Hanglands" into a restaurant guide the smell of freshly cooked bacon was too much to resist, especially as the pot of tea came free with the meal. I'd walk it off, I told myself.
Breakfast for one
Now we really must be off to see what Wymondham has to offer. There's a bit of a clue on the door on the way out.