Monday, 28 July 2014

In the beginning

Just a small piece of cake ...
Ten years ago we were on holiday in Bridport, Dorset in England, by car, and I saw a sign pointing to Pecorama. As a railway modeller I had heard of this place but had never really thought about visiting it, but I followed the sign and we had a great half-day there.

Pecorama is a pleasure garden attached to the Peco model railway equipment factory at Beer, near Seaton in Devon and includes a permanent model railway exhibition, some great gardens and a long miniature railway ride.

We have returned a few times since, the highlight always being a cream tea in the static Pullman car Orion, one of the famous Golden Arrow coaches from the 1950s.

It was the experience of sitting in Orion that set us on the hunt for further Pullman train experiences, and 2014 had turned out to be the year of the Pullman! It has included a Pullman afternoon tea on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, the Pullman Dining class excursion to Snowdonia and hopefully will include another tea on Orion.

I thoroughly recommend a visit to Pecorama: you do not need to be an avid railway fan to enjoy it as there is plenty for everyone and the ticket prices are very reasonable. Buses X53 between Exeter and Weymouth will take you to Beer from the stations at those places.

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