The Newry General Holiday was held in the past in September and the various transport services ran cheap excursions to other towns and cities. One of the most popular was the Great Northern Railway Special to
This journey required two trains: the first was the local Newry to
My sister and I were accompanied by my mother and aunts Cassie and Josephine on one such trip. We had a great day out with lunch at Clearys and shopping galore.
All went well until the return leg. In September it grows dark around eight o’clock, the time we were due to travel home. Blackout conditions applied and although the train was lighted, the stations were dark once we crossed the border. It was impossible to see out. However my mother spotted several Newry people in carriages further up the train. We decided to wait until they made a go.
We had missed our stop! Several families spent the night in the GNR waiting room, returning next morning with the milk, to the obvious relief of waiting relatives who had no idea what had happened.
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