Archive for November, 2010

New café on Altrincham station ….

Posted on November 17th, 2010, by The Chairman

Hamiltons express opens today on Altrincham station in the area once occupied by a café in the 60s. Here’s one of the entrances yesterday as final preparations were being made for today’s opening. It certainly looks very bright and airy, with a modern coffee machine and the sorts of facilities seen at the better cafés […]

Northwich & Lostock Gralam improvements ….

Posted on November 16th, 2010, by The Chairman

Sally, our Community Rail Officer, tells us …. Northwich Station – a new litter bin with a place to stub out cigarettes has been installed at the bottom of the steps that lead on to the car park on the Manchester side. This is to encourage people to use the bin for their rubbish and […]

An interesting GMITA report on Tram-Train ….

Posted on November 15th, 2010, by The Chairman

Just published, here’s an interesting GMITA report on Tram-Train spotted by one of our members: It’s quick to download – just click here. Our previous posts covering Tram-Train have included: – Tram-Train – Why are we waiting? and – Cheshire, Warrington & Merseyside – A Case for Tram-Train. The sooner we get a decent timetable […]

New Blog features ….

Posted on November 14th, 2010, by The Chairman

You certainly seem to enjoy the Blog judging by the “hits” we get and the feedback! Our “busiest day” so far is 21 July when we got 208 hits, with 81 hits on our post wondering where the new trams on the Altrincham line were. A number of you have asked us to introduce a […]

Closing Metrolink Mosley Street stop – an improvement? ….

Posted on November 13th, 2010, by The Chairman

We’ve received the following from Metrolink Projects at GMPTE – *************************************************************** “As you may be aware, Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority (GMITA) is proposing to close the Mosley Street Metrolink stop in Manchester city centre. The closure of the stop will offer passengers faster journey times for outbound services, improve access and visibility to retailers […]

Slip, slip, sliding away ….

Posted on November 5th, 2010, by The Chairman

It’s that time of year …. Last year the worst week for the disruption to the timetable on our line was the 1st week of November. Lots of lovely, juicy leaves blown off the trees by the November gales, mixed with luscious warm rain and spread delightfully along the tracks. Sounds delicious and very scenic, […]

Jazz train goes a treat! ….

Posted on November 4th, 2010, by The Chairman

Yesterday’s Jazz Train from Altrincham to Chester, our first on a dark evening, went down a treat. This article in the Sale & Altrincham Messenger says it all. Looks like we’ll have to do it again!

Revised Mid Cheshire freight flow ….

Posted on November 4th, 2010, by The Chairman

Members will have read in our latest Rail Report about a regular freight flow on the line being the Shap Quarry to Hope Street (Salford) DB Schenker stone train in the late evening. This contract appears to have passed to Direct Rail Services and now runs earlier. Below is 66428 on a train of ex-Fastline […]

Christian Wolmar 18 November talk ….

Posted on November 3rd, 2010, by The Chairman

On Thursday 18 November 2010, railway journalist and author Christian Wolmar will be coming to Manchester to give a lecture on behalf of the Rotary Club of Manchester at Freemasons’ Hall, Bridge Street, Manchester, on his new book, “Engines of War, How wars were won and lost on the railways”. The book has some surprising […]

Delamere blooms ….

Posted on November 2nd, 2010, by The Chairman

David Miller says, “Just before I took the photo of the RHTT, I took the attached of the 1503 from Chester, 156487 plus a class 150 ready for the Knutsford scholars. I thought it showed a lot of improvements achieved by one or other of the constituents of the CRP. Left to right: a 4-car […]