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Steam Train Outing

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10th Anniversary Steam Train Outing, 19th June 2011

48 members assembled on the platform of Bury’s Bolton St. station, along with many other passengers, for the trip of a lifetime(?) on board the East Lancs Railway steam hauled train.

The train buffs amongst us watched with fascination as the 2 Pullman dining cars were attached to the rest of the train. It was like watching something out of the 1950s’ and we half expected John Betjamin to appear on the platform clutching a copy of “Trains and Buttered Toast”.

After the photocall, masterminded by Eric Harlin, we were escorted to our seats by the steward to begin our journey and Lancastrian lunch.

            Egg & Prawn salad

            Roast loin of Pork with apple & apricot stuffing,seasonal vegetables
            Oaty fruit crumble
            Coffee & chocolates

The food was good, the plates were warmed and the staff who served were very friendly and hospitable.

For several years we used to drive up the M66 (usually in the rain) to look after our grandson in Rawtenstall. It was such a pleasant change to be transported by steam at leisurely pace and in good weather through the Rossendale valley, waving to everyone and calling at the exotic stations of Summerseat, Ramsbottom, Irwell Vale and Rawtenstall. 

Then it was back to Bury and on to Heywood. A 20minute stop here for those who wanted to stretch their legs before completing the journey back to Bury. 

The whole trip took about 2½ hours, the atmosphere was convivial throughout, with plenty of time between courses for chat and observation.

A warm vote of thanks was given by Ken Bentley and endorsed by everyone to Louanne and Steve for organising such an excellent anniversary outing.

Ann Reynolds