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High Summer Run to Kirklees Light Railway - 12th July 2015 ...cont

 

The smallest vehicle, Chairman Phil’s Austin 7 as ever coped well with the challenging hills, although he must have envied the effortless power of Roger Firth’s mighty Lagonda M45 with its 4.5 litre engine!

 

The refreshment stop at the half way point at the Windy Harbour Farm Hotel near Glossop was much appreciated and the friendly owners were very slick in serving excellent value coffee and bacon/sausage baps. Suitably refreshed the group headed off on the second stage and over the Yorkshire border, via the Woodhead reservoir and the Holme Moss moor, famous for the highly visible Transmitting station mast, the highest in England and the 400 metre descent into Holmbridge – one of the best known cycling challenges in the country. Braking systems all seemed to work well and the cars carried on through the busy and vibrant town of Holmfirth (which makes the most of its association with the long running TV series ‘Last of the Summer Wine’).

 

Then an easier drive from here to the Railway where the group arrived in time for a quick bite to eat before departing on the delightful steam hauled train for the return journey of just over an hour through  the picturesque foothills of the South Pennines (great value at the discounted group rate of only £5.50 per person. An unscheduled stop shortly after setting off due to a cow on the line caused much amusement, as did another stop on the return journey in the middle of a very dark tunnel, whilst the driver checked the line!

 

Altogether a very pleasant day, enjoyed by all who attended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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