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It looks like you had a super time. My 6 year old son is still obsessed with trains (As is my 61yr old Dad), so we always try to go on a steam train when we are in the UK. Not sure if we will have time at Easter - but I'm sure we will try. Thanks for sharing your super pics.


There's something so wonderful about steam trains - transports you to another world!


how wonderful, I have very fond memories of a trip on that steam train as a child, and the sheep at goathland stealing my egg sandwiches......... xx

kitschen pink

Ohmy that looks fun! We have an occasional ride on a local train but never get off - we go there and back and take a picnic to eat on board! I wish that tea room was at the end of the line! t.x

Beth P

What a wonderful day. I am imagining getting off the train and sitting in the tea room. much so, that I linked to you for my friends who may not have met you yet and especially those who have train adoring children! Glad you had such a wonderful time and thanks for sharing the day with us.


If only all train journey's were like that! Thank you for sharing your wonderful day out.


Hi Vanessa, I remember taking the train the other way from Pickering to Grosmont a couple of years ago when we were staying at Helmsley. It was magical and we stopped at Goathland and had lunch in the "Aidensfield Arms" (same on the outside but not inside). If ever you are down in Devon the Dart Valley railway is beautiful especially Staverton station. Thanks for sharing your lovely day.Karenx


Hello Vanessa. Just gorgeous photos on your blog. Steam trains are so evocative aren't they? Sounds like a great day out. xx


I can't believe I forgot to tell you about Judiths!!!! oh dear! Glad you found it and had fun and isn't the train a dream? We are going to become members so we can go on it more often!

Love S x

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  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon