North of Bury Bolton Street we already know that the line to Holcombe Brook had closed in 1952, but the rest of the original is still there.
Occasional services (VERY occasional) ran through to Manchester via the original Clifton Junction.
Infrequent trains from Bacup continued to Manchester by turning left at Bury, running via Knowsley Street and Heywood before entering Manchester on the Rochdale Line.
Other trains are shown running from Knowsley Street to Oldham - travelling via Rochdale but turning left after passing Heywood.
What is astounding (to fbb at least) is that the service between Bacup and Bury ran every 30 minutes.
The preserved line now terminates at Rawtenstall.
Because so much of the infrastructure has been razed to the ground, it is highly unlikeley that trains will ever run beyond Rawtenstall again.
But the preserved ELR does a good job of keeping history alive between Heywood, Bury, Rammy and Rawtenstall itself.
Possibly. Yesterday fbb was faced with a technological problem. The fbb's laptop has developed a fault in that it won't do sound! The earphones socket is busted.
This has led to huge problems with presentations for the fortnightly Bible Study, the weekly "thought for the day" at church and the new Sunday's Best monthly "turn".
Repair is simple, but the danger of failure has been revealed.
So fbb has bought a second laptop, reconditioned by Seaton's computer shop ...