Monday, May 30, 2011

Full Steam Ahead

On Saturday, we went on a time travelling adventure. The Bangor Belle Steam Train was back on the rails, and we were among the passengers experiencing an older form of rail travel.
Lisburn Steam

While it had started in Whitehead, we joined it at Belfast Central and went to Lisburn, where it got turned around, watered, and then off to Bangor. Rather than the new faster and quieter trains, there was the noise, feeling and smoke of the old steam train as we chugged along the north Down coast and into Bangor station.

We had a couple of hours to enjoy in Bangor, where there was a Junior Orange parade and also a model railway exhibition in the Presbyterian Church, if the steam train hadn't been enough!
Old Meets New

All in all, it was a nice day out, with lots more adventures being run by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland including jazz nights and the Portrush Flyer.
Steamy Platform

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