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Trip to Port Talbot
It's always the way, I don't go anywhere for months and then get two trips in the same week. After the day in Birmingham last Tuesday, on the Thursday I was off on my travels again, this time to Port Talbot to see family and to watch smallest granddaughter (aged 3½) perform in a ballet. I drove to the station in Machynlleth and paid to park the car at the storage place. There was, theoretically, a parking space in the station car park, but the cars on either side had parked right up to the white lines, so even if I could have squeezed our Daihatsu 4x4 into the space, there was no way I'd be able to open the doors to get out!

Machynlleth station is small and old, but it has a little cafe where you can buy sweets, crisps, cups of tea and coffee, various sandwiches and bacon and sausage baps.

Station coffee shop

The waiting area has been made cheerful with a display of artwork done by one of the local primary schools.

Station artwork

I'd arrived fairly early because I hadn't bought a ticket in advance. I was able to take advantage of the special offer for over-55s and the ticket only cost £29 instead of the £69 it would normally have been. After a while, the first half of the train arrived.

The train arrives!

Shortly after, another two coaches arrived from a different direction, the two parts were coupled together and we set off -- for Shrewsbury. Yes, in order to get from North Wales to South Wales by train, you have to go via England!

(To be continued...)

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feodora From: feodora Date: February 23rd, 2016 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Its always so funny to read about place I have been myself. Machynlleth on my trip on Glyndwrs Way and in Shrewsbury I stayed for 3 weeks in guest family in...... 1983 or4 . On our way back from the Gyndwrs Way hiking we made a stopover in Shrewsbury. I felt if I remembered the one or the other.
I liked to be in the Abbey again...ist a wonderfull building
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 24th, 2016 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never actually been in the abbey in Shrewsbury because mostly I just pass through the town on the train on the way to somewhere else, but perhaps this summer I'll have a day out there and do a bit of exploring.
feodora From: feodora Date: February 24th, 2016 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would not go so far to say Shrewsbury is a "must-go" but its a nice little town, some old building. Not like Chester but still nice
lizziebelle From: lizziebelle Date: February 24th, 2016 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Shrewsbury is the name of the town next to the one where I work. Massachusetts is full of town names from Britain.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 24th, 2016 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
The geography of America in terms of the names of towns is very confusing to Brits! But now I'm curious, Shrewsbury is one of the few (if not only places) in the UK where the inhabitants can't agree on how to pronounce the name. Some people (the ordinary inhabitants) say, "Shroosbury" while others (mostly posh people) say "Shrowsbury".

How is the American one pronounced?

Edited at 2016-02-24 03:37 pm (UTC)
lizziebelle From: lizziebelle Date: February 24th, 2016 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
We pronounce it "shroosbury."
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