Carols, Steam Trains, and the meaning of Christmas

Posted: December 13, 2010 in Uncategorized
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On Sunday the, volunteer run, East Lancs Railway was once more the venue for “Carols on the Railway”. A festive gathering of the members of the Methodist Churches, in the Rossendale Valley.

The congregation, of old and young alike, gathered on the platform at Rawtenstall Railway Station; to be led in a round of Christmas Carols whilst waiting for transport to Bury; sorry Bethlehem for the purpose of this tale.

The transport in this instance is a well maintained steam train of yesteryear not, as was, a donkey. The journey took us through, what is during daylight hours, panoramic countryside; through Ramsbottom and Summerseat before reaching Bury. On reaching our Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph alighted and perched themselves high up for all to see (with the obligatory doll for the baby Jesus).

Another round of carols was inter laced with the tale of the Nativity. The interactive Nativity consisted of volunteer shepherds, and wise men; as well as Mary and Joseph. The crowd around the imaginary stable, those off the train.

It was good to see the “Carols on the Railway” once more so well attended. In this day and age it is so very easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas. I am looking forward to next years all ready.



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