Pie and mash for train enthusiasts

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Fans of steam railways and food can combine their passions when the popular dining service to Port Erin railway museum starts up again this week.

The evening trips take place on Thursdays until September 24 and for £25 per person, passengers can enjoy a return trip with a two-course pie and mash meal en route as well as entry to the museum for a guided tour.

Passengers leave Douglas at 7pm and get an hour at Port Erin before the train returns at 9.15pm and those non-diners paying a standard return fare can still enjoy drinks from the bar carriage in both directions. This year the museum celebrates its 40th anniversary and volunteers will be there between 6pm and 9pm to tell the story of the Isle of Man steam railway, with video and audio presentations.

Museum entry costs £2 per person or £1 for children and there is no additional charge for guided tours though donations are gratefully received. Among the museum exhibits are the locomotive Mannin, built specially for the Port Erin line in 1926, and Peveril, locally remembereed as the Peel engine, which celebrates its 140th birthday this year. The royal carriage and the Duke of Sutherland’s saloon coach can also be found at the museum. To book a trip on the train, call 697457

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