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The week ahead


It's no time to be sat at home watching telly so Foresight has a couple of ideas for getting out and about.

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway When the Keighley to Oxenhope branch line was closed in 1962 outraged locals created a preservation society to get it running again. By 1968 the dedicated engineers and volunteers had restored the passenger service and it's been taking the picture postcard route through the Worth Valley in West Yorkshire ever since. The five mile journey takes you through Haworth, home to the Bronte sisters, and Damems, the smallest railway station in Britain - complete with ticket office, waiting room and signal box. There's a Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow station and the line has some dandy heritage diesel engines along with all those steam locos.

There are trains throughout the day, every day, until September 3 and if I told you there's a buffet carriage serving real ale, would you still need convincing? Of course, only an idiot would see how many pints they could down during the hour long return trip and Foresight would like to distance itself from such antics.

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Tel: (01535) 645214 www. Trevithick Bicentenary Celebrations and Merthyr Tydfil County Show Any of you still mulling over what to do this coming Bank Holiday weekend need fret no more - get yourselves down to Merthyr Tydfil.

Enjoy a celebration of engineering genius Richard Trevithick at the visitor centre specially created to honour his nibs, and then take in the Merthyr Tydfil County Show.

The Trevithick Centre is located on the original site of the Penydarren ironworks where he created the world's first steam locomotive of the same name. Star of the show is a to-scale replica of the great engine built in 1981 - in itself a fantastic feat of engineering - plus plenty of archive material and photographs.

The countryside themed Merthyr Tydfil County Show is on Bank Holiday Monday. Held in Cyfarthfa Park and in sight of iron master William Crawshay's Cyfarthfa Castle, it promises to attract up to 15,000 visitors. The only connection with rail - and believe me it's tenuous - will be an attempt to break the world record for the number of people doing the 'Locomotion' dance, made famous in the song by Little Eva.

The organisers are hoping 1,000 people will make the attempt. But should just one participant stumble on a loose sod of earth the whole lot will fall like dominoes.

Contact: Merthyr Tydfil County Council Tel: 01685 725000 www. merthyr. gov. uk or call Trevithick Visitor Centre Tel: (01685) 725227/725143 lThursday 26 August Listen out for David Kerr, vice chairman, ICE Energy Board on Engineering Solutions, Radio 4, 9am. And watch out for David Anderson, chairman of The ICE Energy Board, on Worse Case Scenario, Sky One. 9pm

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