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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

And Now For Something Completely Different!

On Saturday 29th November we had an excellent full day out with two friends courtesy of Compass Tours By Rail who provide day excursions all over the UK using historic locomotives and rolling stock.

With a loud grumbling rumble in the distance
Our transport for the day arrives to collect us.
Our tour, starting and ending in Southport, collected us from Westhoughton Station at 9.20am and took us via the "scenic route" to York to visit the St. Nicholas Christmas Markets, and what a full on, busy day it was.

After settling down into our comfy seats around our own table, it was bacon butties from the buffet car, where all manner of food was available as well as hot drinks. The train was also carrying copious amounts of real ale courtesy of Southport Brewery.

We arrived in York at 12.10pm and enjoyed 6 hours exploring the city, which allowed shopping for the ladies, historic sightseeing, lunch out, and everything else this city has to offer, while others chose to stay on the train for an additional 4 hour tour to Saltburn and back to York.

Departing York for Saltburn.
We re-boarded our privately chartered train at 6.15pm ready for our 6.30pm departure, arriving back at Westhoughton at 9.20pm.

The locomotive used on this trip was Class 40 diesel 345 in BR blue livery, immaculately turned out by its owners, the Class 40 Preservation Society, who own two of these which are kept at Bury on the East Lancashire Railway. Only this example holds mainline certification though. This type of locomotive became famous when its sister locomotive, D326 was stopped by Ronnie Biggs, Bruce Reynolds, Buster Edwards and others as they robbed it in Buckinghamshire in 1963 while hauling a mail train, which infamously became known as "The Great Train Robbery".

York was "buzzing" all day.
And as darkness fell the Christmas atmosphere grew.
We can highly recommend one of these trips, this was our second. A great day out, with an interest for everybody.

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