The last Flare Path Rail Tours Ltd excursion was such a ‘success’* that I’ve decided to organise another. Once again Train Sim World will be providing the seats and scenery, and I’ll be supplying the topographical trivia and light refreshments. At 13.30 on the dot the train now standing at Platform 16 of a circa 1982 Manchester Victoria will depart for Leeds via Huddersfield. Jump aboard for tales of incredible engineering, tragic explosions, vanished industries, and social unrest. Jump aboard for blocked WCs, overpriced sandwiches, and slightly disappointing rural vistas. * Nobody died But not before you’ve visited the UK’s oldest public library! A stone’s throw from Manchester Victoria is Chetham’s Library, a book browsing facility that opened its stout oaken doors for the first time shortly after the end of the English Civil War. In 1845, the year when Parliament approved the Huddersfield and Manchester Railway and Canal Company’s plans for building the line we’re about to explore, proto-Communists Marx and Engels met regularly in Chetham’s to pore over economics tomes, suck humbugs, and put an extremely inequitable world to rights. The latter’s radical politics were shaped by first-hand experience of mid-19th Century Manchester’s disease-ridden slums and dark satanic… Read full this story
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