About the DMU Weekend
The town of Bury in the Greater Manchester area is known for a delicacy called “black pudding”, made with oatmeal or barley, pork fat or beef suet, and of course, the blood of a recently slaughtered pig. Variations of this early form of sausage include the use of the blood of sheep, cows, and on at least one occasion, a porpoise for a special “treat” that dates to the 15th century. In nearby Ramsbottom, an event called the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships has been held annually since 1980. Another less messy event takes place in Bury: the annual DMU Weekend held at the Bury Bolton Street Station of the East Lancashire Railway (ELR).
A DMU is a diesel multiple unit train powered by on-board diesel engines. A DMU requires no separate locomotive, as the engines are incorporated into one or more of the carriages. This early November weekend event features all DMU services on both days.
The DMU Weekend will showcase several attending locomotives including the Class 104, the Class 105 "Cravens", the Class 110 "Calder Valley", and a special “guest”, the Class 144 "Pacer". Visitors will be able to enjoy the Bury Transport Museum and other sights along the 12.5-mile line that runs between Heywood in Greater Manchester and Rawtenstall in Lancashire. Guests can dine on one of the railway cars or stop in at one of the pubs located along the line.
East Lancashire Railway
By the middle of the last century, it was inevitable that the rail-bound trains would give way to cars, trucks, and buses as far as being a vital way to move freight and people around the UK. The goal of the ELR is to keep a former part of Britain’s heritage alive, a struggle that continues today. The ELR is a charity organization that depends on volunteers and proceeds from events like the DMU weekend to continue. Any additional donations are welcome.
Entry To The Event
The first trains depart Bury shortly after 9:00 a.m. and continue running until the last one returns at about 5:30 p.m. Please check with the railway for the exact timetables. Note that online bookings receive a 10% discount. The standard fares if purchased on the same day are Adult: £21.00, Concession: £19.00, Privilege: £11.50, Family (2 adults and 3 children): £55.00, Child: £14.00, dogs are £2.00, and under 5 kids are free. These prices are subject to change.
Somewhere to Stay in Lancashire
The DMU Weekend is held in November so Campers and Caravaners may face some chilly weather. The highly rated Burrs Country Park Caravan and Motorhome Club Site is the closest caravan park to the Bury Bolton Street Station. For hotel accommodations, the ELR website offers a list of options. Navigate from the Home Page > Plan Your Day Out > Local Area for information. One shortcoming of the page is that it lacks information on where to find the best “black pudding” in the area, but at least it puts “Pubs” at the top of the selections.
Other Things To Do Around Bury
The Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre is one local attraction that will appeal to the art lover in your family. Another activity is a Manchester Afternoon Walking tour that passes by the Alan Turing Memorial. This will appeal to those who are fans of the troubled genius who cracked the Nazi’s Enigma Machine and is considered the father of modern computing. Weekend visitors will also want to see the Manchester Museum, described as a “19th-century museum with an eclectic mix of curiosities”.
The ELR welcomes well-behaved dogs if they are kept on a lead and are kept off the seats or tables. Don’t forget the £2.00 entry fee for dogs and that only trained assistance dogs are permitted where dining occurs. There is limited free parking at each of the manned stations, but spaces are limited and subject to charges in Bury, at the discretion of the Town Council. Wheelchair access is provided at all stations and Bury Transport Museum. There also is a picnic area where you can enjoy your slice of Bury Black Pudding.
When is the next DMU Weekend?
The DMU Weekend is planned to take place at Bury Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0EY, Saturday 7th November, 2020. This is a Weekend Railway Event.
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