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Doncaster to Scunthorpe

Doncaster to Scunthorpe is not the most salubrious of railways. It goes in a pretty straight line through a series of stations, that have seen some improvement over the years.  But that can’t be said for some of the trains.

Class 142 Diesel Multiple Unit

I had just missed the Trans Pennine Express, so I had to travel in one of these Class 142‘s or Pacers.  I thought that the junk we have on Ipswich to Cambridge was bad, but these seem to be even worse!

Welcome to Scunthorpe! At least the station had had a makeover.

Scunthorpe Station

But it had been said that there was a courtesy bus to Glanford Park, where Scunthorpe United play.  Perhaps I was too early, as it wasn’t there.  So I decided to explore the nearby town centre and get some lunch.

September 29, 2010 - Posted by | Transport | ,


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