"Recently I was lucky enough to attend the East Lancashire Steam Railway day trip as part of the Skills 100 years Celebrations on Saturday 6th April. The day included a three-course lunch and a glass of fizz served on board one of the dining carriages and free time in Bury afterwards.
After a smooth journey to Bury, we were dropped off at the station and greeted instantly by the noticeably nostalgic smell of steam trains. The station was old fashioned, but in a really good way. British flags lined the glass-panelled roof, fluttering gently in the light breeze and the whole atmosphere took many of our customers back to when Steam engines ruled – you can see why train journeys like this are still so popular today.
After a little wander around the station, we boarded the train for our return journey to Rawtenstall – the most northern point on the East Lancashire Railway. The standard of service on the train was superb from start to finish, our main course was a chicken breast with Chipolata, stuffing and vegetables. Everything was served separately by staff via serving dishes and the food was delicious and fresh, even better was that it was accompanied by a glass of fizz!
During the main course, I decided to go around and talk to the passengers to see how everyone was, and everyone mentioned how lovely the food, service and train itself was.
The weather was beautiful which just added to the enjoyment of the day.
Thank you to everyone for making this Centenary celebration day out a success."
Written by Leonie Hitchmough who deals with our logistics and attractions management and recently travelled on the East Lancashire Steam Railway for our centenary celebrations on 06.04.19