A photograph of the crest used by British Railways between 1948 (after Nationalisation) and 1956 – The ‘Lion and Wheel’ – also affectionately (or perhaps disparagingly!) known as ‘The Cycling Lion’.
I photographed the crest on one of the windows at Ribblehead Railway Station – close to the famous Ribblehead viaduct – on a gloomy, rainy day. The sky was many shades of grey, the rain at times heavy, and the puddles deep. We stopped off here in order to walk down and photograph the viaduct, and were surprised to find that the station housed a museum full of interesting information about the Settle-Carlisle line.
The surrounding landscape here is wild and forbidding and the weather changes from fine to extreme within minutes. Apart from a few parked vehicles belonging to unseen walkers – and the odd photographer – the Station Inn – a few minutes walk from the station – is the only sign of human presence in the area. It also boasts the ‘loo with a view’ available to men who use the facilities!