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All Aboard at Astley Green!

6 Jun 2021 11:32AM   Views : 525 Unique : 338

After many delays and a lot of hard work the small passenger train at Astley Green Colliery Museum, now Lancashire Mining Museum, is now up and running. So yesterday Sue and I went to see if there were any tickets available. It is now running on a first come first served basis, so no pre-booking necessary, and we secured two tickets at 3.00 each for 2.45pm. The trains are running again today, today being 6th June 2021, so if you get a chance do have a go. It's not a long ride, but it's a good bit of fun and the kids will love it, even us grown up kids. We had a ex-British Rail expert on hand who entertained those waiting for the driver to arrive and being ex-British Rail he was well rehearsed with the excuses for the delay....or was he having fun with us? It works well anyway and soon our driver came along and squeezed himself into his seat, first taking the engine to turn it round and then off we went.

One pleasant ride through what was colliery land but is now countrified with grasses and trees, another change of end for the engine, and then back to Astley Green. That was worth 3.00 and very enjoyable as a ride as well as being happy to support all the hard work that had been done at Astley Green to bring it all this far. The site was buzzing with visitors, something not seen for a very long time.

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For these shots I used the Pentax MX-1 compact.

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