|There was time to take a look around Bristol Temple Meads station before out train left for London|
|The station is looking very tired and needs a complete restoration|
|Our train was an old HST diesel powered train.|
These trains may be pretty old and are in the process of being replaced by the new electric/diesels but the ride was smooth and very comfortable. There was a slight check through Twyford, probably for Ruscombe Junction. We were doing 120 mph over the Maidenhead viaduct, which the pundits said would fall down when it was built in the 1840s, and 128 mph just before Slough. An on time departure from Reading was turned into a ten minute late arrival in Paddington by signal problems. I have actually done the trip from Reading faster in a steam locomotive.
We had plenty of time to get the short distance to the hotel so decided to have a drink at the Mad Bishop and Bear in Paddington station. The sun was shining brightly through the roof of a very busy station.
It was sunny and hot and we walked into Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.
|There were a few tufted ducks on the Round Pond|
|People were feeding apples to a flock of ring necked parakeets.|