We are pleased to be able to share the details of the Dyserth&District Field Club Excursion.
Inclusive Coach Fare: £31.40 (plus extra £1 for non D&D Field club members) – this includes admission to the two museums with guided tours, the train journey and tea and biscuits at Helmshore. Please book by Thursday July 10th. Leaders: David Richards & Jacquie Irving. More details: 01745 570625.
ALL ARE WELCOME
The first visit will be to the Bury Transport Museum housed in a restored goods warehouse dating from 1848 and containing a wide variety of transport exhibits and displays. On arrival tea or coffee may be purchased in the Castlecroft Café in a converted railway carriage. Then there will be an introductory talk and a guided tour with some free time to explore the museum further.
Then a short walk to the Station of the East Lancashire Railway, ready to board a reserved coach on the steam-hauled train. The railway is a section of the former mainline going northwards up the valley of the River Irwell in the district known as Rossendale. At the station there is the elegant Trackside licensed refreshment room and also The Buffet Bar, both offering snacks and drinks but, so as to make the best use of time, it is recommended to take a packed lunch. Food may be eaten on the train and hot drinks may be available during the trip. The station and the trains have been beautifully restored as in their heyday with many old enamel signs and other interesting items to bring back memories. The track now ends at Rawtenstall, about twelve miles away, after travelling through some lovely scenery with short stops at intermediate stations.
At Rawtenstall, the coach will be waiting to take us on the short trip to the Helmshore Textile Museum. This is housed in 19th century buildings and has a unique collection of industrial machinery. Here there will be a guided tour with demonstrations of the various processes used to transform raw cotton or wool into finished cloth. Some of the old original machinery is still driven by a large waterwheel. At the end of the tour tea and biscuits will be served before the return home by coach.