FORMER Vulcan Works employees were among a group of Newton-le-Willows residents who took a trip to the National Rail Museum in York.

A group of almost 80 Newton-le-Willows residents, including ex-Vulcan Works staff, community volunteers and families went on the trip to the museum.

They got to see items from the Vulcan Works and then went into York, with tickets for the trip having been donated by Newton and Earlestown Community Group and TransPennine Express.

TPE now offer an hourly direct service to Leeds, York and Newcastle from Newton-le-Willows which is soon to be extended to Scotland once the new trains are introduced, with further services from Lea Green station.

Among the visitors was Dan Naylor, from Newton, whose parents met at the Vulcan and married, managing to recreate an old photo with his own son 33 years later.

Newton ward councillor and vice chair of the NECG Seve Gomez Aspron said: “Even a bit of snow didn’t dampen spirits on our trip to York!

"We made the most of our new station and a new service. The turnout was fantastic, and TPE looked after us every step of the way with fantastic service.

"The ages on the trip ranged from six months to over 80 years old and everyone had a great day out.

"A massive thanks to TPE for their generosity to allow us to enjoy our proud heritage they have on display. It took a lot of organising, but it was my pleasure to see the day enjoyed so much.”