This is a perfectly preserved and well run vintage standard gauge railway on the western edge of the Penines. It is fairly short (about 40 minutes running time from end to end) so I advise taking a round trip from any station of your choice. The contrasts could not be better, between the urban sprawl of Bury and the rural compactness and tranquility of Rawtenstall. In between is idyllic rural scenery with lambs and bluebells in their season; for good measure an interesting river runs mainly on the west side of the track. The staff, some paid, some voluntary, could not be more welcoming and informative. At either end of the line there is a good deal of car parking available. If you hanker after the nostalgia of yesteryear you will wallow in the luxury of comfortable seating (unlike modern trains), the sight, sound and smell of steam and smoke, and like me, you will wish you could travel on forever!! Go for it. [Not all trains are steam hauled, so study the timetable for details!]
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