In September 2013 the Let’s Go group enjoyed a day with East Lancs Railway. 54 members boarded a steam hauled train from Rawtenstall to Bury. They were served refreshments by volunteer members of the East Lancs Railway. a guided tour of the Transport Museum followed, with u3a members then dispersing for lunches and a visit to the very busy Bury market, where many kilos of the world famous black puddings were purchased.
On the steam hauled return journey members were treated to an impromptu talk about the running of a volunteer railway and learned about how a steam train produces electricity, the differences between air and vacuum brakes, and how some carriages can only be married up to steam or diesel locomotives.
photograph by philip willis | report by ernie rogan