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My journey today takes me from the historic city of York to Hull, via Sherburn in Elmet, Selby, Howden, Gilberdyke, Brough, Hessle where I alight and explore the Humber, proceeding onwards to Hull where I discover a budget friendly day out.

I’ll be boarding the 8.45 from York discovering some older trains, dramatic scenery, and change train at Brough with few places to sit, and some of the networks new trains. A few minutes later I enjoy views of the Humber along with its elegant suspension bridge. I then get to see the structure more close up when I walk along Hessle Foreshore and discover an old Whiting mill. I then take a leisurely walk across the Humber Bridge and back. Boarding another train, I make my way to Hull Paragon station, the gateway to a city of culture, as well as literally a free day out with an on the fly contingency plan! I discover two admission free museums in the Museums Quarter before doing things with more precision. I then take a waterside walk by the estuary and discover Hull’s marina. I also discover a futuristic footbridge before boarding my train home back to York. Welcome to the Hull Paragon line.

I’ll be beginning all my journeys from York station, my home city. Before we begin, just to keep you up to date, London North Eastern Railways provide trains between London and Edinburgh on the East Coast Mainline. Transpennine Express operate the transpennine route between Newcastle and Manchester, and Scarborough and Liverpool. Northern Railways operate the local stopping services, my main operator for today. Cross Country Trains take us between Scotland and the South West, literally crossing the country from North East to South West.

Fittingly, I’m starting my first episode on platform one, how ironic is that? Annie and Clarabel are going to take me to Brough, although the train goes all the way to Hull. Trust me, there’s method in my madness as this train doesn’t stop at Hessle where I alight to walk the Humber Bridge.

Although these Sprinter Trains came into service 40 years ago, they’ve been refurbished, so that’s one thing I have in common with a Sprinter.

My journey today is going to take me from York to Hull Paragon station, but I will be alighting the train at Brough and boarding another train to Hessle, and then at lunchtime, I will be boarding another train to Hull where I explore the city and some two museums. But I experience an unexpected event!

Sitting on the right hand side of travel also gives you a view of York Station that was an engineering marvel at the time as it was constructed on a curve. At the time it was built it was the largest railway station in the world, but not today. As Annie and Clarabel build up some steam, here’s some useful advice.

So there you have it from someone in the know. Always keep everything with you and never leave anything to chance. But now we have the necessities out of the way, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the scenery.

Our line ventures southbound out of the city of York and we follow the path of the East Coast Mainline, the express route between London and Scotland for the east of the country. Books and board games are great time passers, but I prefer to look out of the window and admire the scenery. Besides, I haven’t got my reading glasses with me.

Eventually we leave the electrified East Coast Mainline on the Leeds route which is currently being electrified as we travel today. Our first call on this route is Church Fenton, and just a few minutes later we call at Sherburn on Elmet. Church Fenton is also known as Kirk Fenton. It’s known for its RAF base as well as being a farming village because of its close proximity to Selby and Tadcaster, two market towns.

Sherburn on Elmet might sound like an odd name but its called such because of its association with its post-occupation of the Kingdom of Elmet. Locally however, its simply known as Sherburn.

Shortly afterwards, the route meets the Leeds to Hull line. There are actually two routes to Hull operated by Northern. The route we find ourselves on is the longer but more interesting route. The second route simply follows the East Coast Mainline and leaves the route near Selby, omitting Church Fenton and Sherburn.

As we meet the Leeds to Hull line, I noticed these redundant electric multiple units, or EMU’s that I’m assuming have simply had their day. A huge amount of money has been invested in new trains and some of these new trains belong to Northern Railways.

As my friends Annie and Clarabel run a sprint, we head on into Selby, a market town known well for its cathedral, Selby Abbey. As we cross the crossings and spot the junctions