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PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND RAILWAYS

Coordinator: Patrick Anderson
Meetings: various dates/locations
Contact: patrick_anderson@tiscali.co.uk

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Visiting transport linked sites and events; where possible using public transport, bus passes, etc.

Visits to include canals (Manchester Ship Canal), museums (Museum of Transport Greater Manchester), railways (local preserved lines) and trams (exploring the extensive network in Greater Manchester).

 

 

 

Leyland Commercial Vehicle Museum
Thursday 25th April.

 

 

Recently refurbished this museum is well worth a visit for a comprehensive history of Leyland commercial vehicles. It also has good cafe with well-priced food and top quality coffee.
As a bonus it is easy to get to by train and only a short stroll from the station.

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Museum of Science and Industry, Castlefield
March 4th 2019

On a freezing cold day we were treated to an absorbing talk presented by Steve Little describing the world’s oldest surviving railway station on the Liverpool to Manchester railway. We were also fortunate to see the original Stephenson’s Rocket on display in the museum entrance. Another of Stephenson’s later locomotives, “Planet”, was also of great interest.

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Stephenson’s Planet


Pontcystllte Aqueduct, Near Llangollen
June 18th 2018

We were met by a somewhat cloudy day in Wales but enjoyed the trip on the canal over the Pontcystllte Aqueduct. Some people had time to check out the aqueduct, Langollen town, the heritage railway and station and even have a spot of lunch.

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Cromford Canal
April 19th 2018


The group had very luckily chosen a beautiful spring day for this trip. The journey along this lovely stretch of canal is with Birdwood which powered by electric motor making for quiet progress. There are also occasional horse drawn days.  There is an informative commentary by one of the volunteers telling you all about the abundant history and pointing out the landmarks as you pass them. These include a dinosaur as well as the wharf at High Peak Junction and Leawood Pump House. The return journey takes about 2 hours and fares for seniors cost just £7.
All in all a good day out. For further details go to www.birdswood.org.

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Emergency Services Museum Sheffield
February 16th 2018

The National Emergency Services Museum is housed in the Victorian combined Police, Fire & Ambulance Station in the centre of Sheffield.
The original museum in Sheffield opened in the early 1980’s. Over time the collection grew and developed into the National attraction you see today. The museum includes exhibits and vehicles from all of the Emergency Services and tells the story of the services and how they work together and the historic building itself is the prime exhibit.
We took the train from New Mills Central and Chinley to Sheffield. We also had an interesting bus ride to the venue!

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February 2019