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Date(s) - 15th March 2018
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Manchester Victoria Station


NW Group Annual Rail Tour

Our next rail tour is being planned for Thursday 15th March 2018. Note: this date is a change from our traditional last Thursday of the month timing of our outdoor events.

This year’s Rail Tour takes us to East and Central Lancashire with visits to Hebden Bridge and Whalley. Also with optional extensions to include the new Ordsall Curve and/or a short visit to Clitheroe. Scheduled trains are used throughout the day.

Part of the journey will be along the Copy Pit Line (Todmorden to Rose Grove) – see link: Copy Pit Line. There are links to other several features of this line, including photographs and videos.

Notes to Accompany Tour – use link: 2018 Rail Tour Notes

For Information & a Map of Whalley – use link: Explore Whalley

For Information & a Map of Clitheroe – use link: Visit Clitheroe

Please note that, for organisational reasons, this event is not scheduled for the usual last Thursday of the month.

Meet in front of the barriers at Manchester Victoria station in time for the 10:16 departure for Hebden Bridge (Northern Trains service from Victoria to Leeds). This will allow a little over an hour to view the preserved Hebden Bridge station with its pre-Grouping signage, the nearby section of the Rochdale Canal and historic buildings in the town including the Picture House. Those wishing to travel via the recently opened Ordsall Curve should travel to Hebden Bridge on the 10:38 departure from Manchester Oxford Road station (Northern Trains service from Oxford Road to Leeds). This will allow only 30 minutes in Hebden Bridge – but certainly sufficient time to admire the station and to visit the cafe located in the old parcels office.

The group will then leave Hebden Bridge on the 11:52 departure to Blackburn and then, after a change of train at Blackburn, continue to Whalley (Northern Trains service to Clitheroe) arriving Whalley station at 13:05.

The recommended walking route into Whalley from the station (10-15 minutes; flat; metalled surfaces) is to follow the railway viaduct (red brick, 679 yards long, 70 feet high) and then past the ruins of Whalley Abbey to the town centre. There will be time to view historic Whalley, and for a pub lunch, after which the group will take the 14:52 Northern Rail departure from Whalley arriving Manchester Victoria at 15:57.

Those wishing to make time for a (additional) short visit to Clitheroe will be advised of this option on the day. This can be done also arriving back at Manchester Victoria at 15:57, but taking a return train one hour later would add to the enjoyment of Clitheroe town centre.

The recommended ticket is the Lancashire Day Ranger (£23.80; £15.70 with a railcard). This Day Ranger ticket, other than with a Two Together railcard, is valid within the area described by Carnforth, Blackpool, Liverpool, Manchester and Hebden Bridge from 8:45 onwards. There will be more detailed descriptions of the itinerary and a history of the area covered on the society’s website. The website should also be consulted for any changes nearer to the day. Also contact Roger Brice (roger.brice1945@gmail.com; 01625 533959; 07702 303242).

For Itineraries and Notes from past rail tours use the link: Previous NW Group Rail Tours