It has been said of the Scottish poet Ossian that his famous prose may actually have been penned by another man, the headmaster of the school at which he attended. The truth may be lost in the depths of history. Another famous writer whose authorship has been called into question is the Englishman William Shakeshpere. The truth of these two great figures will perhaps remain a mystery for ever.
However if you travel just a few miles north of Shakesphere's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon you will come to the Warwickshire town of Solihull. There is a world famous motor works situated on a street called Lode Lane. This is the home of Land Rover who for sixty years have designed and built iconic vehicles which have been driven by all manner of people from farmers and kings.
Unlike Ossian and Shakespere, Land Rover's are good honest vehicles which if well maintained will never let you down. The traditional shaped land rover is the most recognisable vehicle in the world. Indeed in some parts of the world the first vehicle someone will see has often been a land rover used in rescue or humanitarian work.>
The Land Rover part of this site is dedicated to the leaf sprung marvels which were produced from the beginning in 1948 right up to 1985. There are enthusiasts for the flashy newer models, but I'm not one of them!
Steam Trains have long been out of service on the nations railways, but are never far from the hearts of those who remember such beasts. I'm too young to remember the age of steam but I have long held a mild interest in the history, recalling things my dad had told me about Sir Nigel Gresley's Pacific Class 'Mallard' which broke the speed record during a run from London to Glasgow, achieving 126.4 Miles Per hour during the journey between the two great cities.
The steam speed record set by the 'Mallard' stands to this day, despite unverified American claims. This site isn't about speed and records, it is concerned with a gentler time when people were courteous and travelling was pleasurable. A time when you really could let the train take the strain.