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Railway refreshements: The Stalybridge station buffet bar By Cath Locke

On the Manchester to Huddersfield line the Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar is an excellent stopping off point on the Trans-Pennine Real Ale Trail. It dates back to the Victorian era and is an absolute emporium of railway memorabilia and nostalgia. Entering from Platform 4 the Buffet Bar has retained its original marble-topped bar, back fittings and the welcoming fire. Renovations saw it extended to include the 1st class ladies waiting room complete with ornate ceiling and all original features. 8 cask ales and 2 ciders are always available and food choices include the unusual black peas (available with a wide choice of pies). Black peas are a traditional dish served in Lancashire and Greater Manchester and come from a variety of pea (Pisum sativum) which has a purple pod. As well as the obvious attractions of the Buffet Bar itself Stalybridge station has a number of other interesting claims to fame. A blue plaque outside the bar commemorates the actions of Fred Wood, signalman at Dukinfield West where on Friday 15 March 1907, just before 6am, the couplings on a goods train from Birmingham to Leeds broke, leaving over fifty wagons careering down the line. 18

Model Railway Express Issue Two January 2017  
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