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My first visit to the ELR in November 2019 was on Friday the 1st, though there weren't any services running during the day (though I think there would be some Halloween Trains in the evening), but the main reason for the visit was to get some shots of the newly installed canopy on Rawtenstall Station. Now I was a bit pig-sick that I'd missed getting some shots of it being lifted earlier in the week, as I had fully expected to be there for it and I'm sure seeing the big crane in action would have been impressive, but a recurring bout of Vertigo following my recent ear surgery, which had forced me to return home early the previous Sunday, had kept me indoors and not only very wobbly but incredibly frustrated for most of the week. Thankfully I was finally feeling better again by Friday and had ventured out for a few hours just to see if I was now okay again, which I was, though sadly 4 days too late. Just my luck, please excuse me while I go off and sulk!:-(

Sunday 3rd of November saw me recovered from my Vertigo issues and feeling back to normal once again, and I'd started my day by catching a steam hauled railtour passing through the Castleton area in Rochdale. Now Castleton is a planned expansion location for the ELR and not too far from Heywood, so after the railtour had passed by I made my way off to Heywood Station, where I caught the DMU back to Rawtenstall, with the usual half hour stopover in Bury on the way. The day was very murky thanks to the fog which hung over the area, it's a good job that I do like 'atmospheric' types of weather. On this day City of Wells was on the steam diagram, the DMUs on the diesel service, and 52322 hauling the Dining Train.

Sunday 10th of November saw me back at the ELR again, though this time in very different weather to the previous day, in fact, apart from being cold it was very fine and sunny for large parts of the day, which although the low Sun made it hard to photograph some of the north facing locos, I didn't mind this time as I wouldn't want to put my bad weather curse into effect while the Remembrance Day Parades were going on. 52322 was hauling the Dining Train, and Standard 4 '80080' on the steam diagram, and the diesel diagram was handled by DMUs 110 and 105.

After a brief visit on Friday 15th of November to get a shot of the departing Driver Experience Train, the final steam one of the year, it was back there again on Sunday 17th for the penultimate weekend of Low Season Blue Timetable runs before we get into the 'Santa Specials' season after next weeks 'Lancashire Weekend' event. Standard 4 '80080' was on the steam diagram and Class 50 '50015' was hauling the diesel runs, with L&Y steam loco '2890' pulling the Lancastrian Lunch Dining Train. The weather was a mixture of alternating damp and cold, but it was murky enough for my liking, and with it getting dark early it gave me a rare chance for a bit of practise photographing the locos with my new camera in preparation for the Santas and Festive Diners.


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