On Monday 7th June we decided to do a beer crawl with a difference, and boarded the "Penistone Line Music Train", which runs on selected Mondays each month from April to August, leaving Huddersfield at 19.18, to Sheffield and return.
There is a different musical theme each month, our service piped in the music of Abba, future departures will feature live jazz and brass, and a bar set up at each end supplies soft drinks, wine, tinnies, snacks AND DRAUGHT BEER. This is currently supplied by none other than Mallinson's Brewery, who have brewed an ale series especially for the music train, named after the many viaducts on this heavily engineered line.
The "Viaduct" beers have been generally available at the usual Mallinson's outlets, "29 Arches"(4.1%) - one of the offerings on this trip, is currently in the cellar of the Star, Folly Hall, but one of the reasons for joining "The Abba Train" was the provision of a one off - "Mamma Beer"(3.8%) - a dry hopped version of Tara's excellent "Crescent Hop" - the house beer of the Crescent, Salford.
All the beer had been supped by Denby Dale on the return leg from Sheffield - about 2 hours! Commuters and shoppers returning from Meadowhell joined in the fun, the "Moorland Singers" encouraged everyone to singalong and dance (honest!).
The next music train is on July 5th, featuring live jazz from the "Train Gang", and an American Independence Day theme will be backed up by Mallinson's "Oxspring DC"(4.1%) - an American pale ale. These are normal service trains - just pay for your tickets and bring extra for the beer, about £2.60 a pint.
pic: Northern Rail News