Welcome to the world of steam engines….

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There are times in every small child’s life that they need to be introduced to our “industrial heritage” and today was one of those times.

I took my 2 year old grandson for a ride with the East lancashire Railway on a steam train from Bury to Rawtenstall. The weather was awful, wet and windy, but even this did not put a damper on the enjoyment of both of us. Along the route we saw “whales in the river” and a “sleeping dinosaur under a bridge” and unfortunately just missed fireman sam coming out of the firestation.

A one hour or so round trip found us back at Bury station and as we left the carriages for the steam train were rapidly filling up with families and rather more mature “rail enthusiasts” all clutching a camera to get shots of the train.

It is a wonderful experience for both children and adults, and even better in the summer when you can appreciate the countryside more (much hidden in mist today).

If you are interested go to http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk for details.

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