The Cotton Mill Express is Manchester’s new regular steam service, the first in over 40 years. Run by Past Time Rail, the CME Leaves Manchester Victoria and via Stalybridge into the Pennines for the tough slog up to Diggle, and via the long Standedge Tunnel, down into Huddersfield. From here we turn north and west, and head up through the glorious Calder Valley, passing former textile towns such as Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, en route to Burnley and Blackburn, via the spectacular and testing ‘Copy Pit’ route. After taking water at Blackburn the CME returns to Manchester Victoria via Darwen and Bolton.
Riley and Son (E) Ltd are pleased to be provinding the motive power for the Cotton Mill Express in the shape of 76079 and 45407 “The Lancashire Fusilier ”and following completion of her overhaul, 44871 may make an appearance.
Confirmed Dates of operation are:
Saturday 26 July - 45407 or 76079
Saturday 27 September - 76079
Saturday 25 October - 45407 and/or 76079
Saturday 22 Novenber - 45407 and/or 76079
Saturday 06 December - 45407 and/or 44871/76079
Saturday 13th December - 45407 and/or 44871/76079
Saturday 20th December - 45407 and/or 44871/76079
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