Archive for March, 2011

We’ve got the Hump! ….

Posted on March 30th, 2011, by The Chairman

Northwich’s Humps were installed last weekend. Here’s some pictures taken yesterday by Sally …. The Manchester-bound platform with the Zone in the background and some of the new cycle racks. The Chester-bound platform. In use. No more “Launching into Space” at Northwich!

Navigation Road Level Crossing – is this your experience? ….

Posted on March 28th, 2011, by The Chairman

A member writes …. I’ve just finally got around to joining MCRUA, being a frequent user of the Mid-Cheshire line. I was wondering whether I could ask you about an issue which I suspect you may be aware of and which frequently affects me – indeed it did today. The issue is the way in […]

26/3/11 Class 37 x 2 / Class 47 Charter diverted along Mid Cheshire Line ….

Posted on March 24th, 2011, by The Chairman

Currently the diamond crossing at Heaton Norris Junction is “plain-lined” after being damaged, thus preventing access from Stockport to the Denton and Reddish South line. On Saturday Spitfire Railtours are running a special from Weston-super-Mare to Holyhead and return hauled by 2 West Coast class 37 diesels, with a class 47 on the rear. This […]

Merseyrail – the Single that’s much, much more! ….

Posted on March 23rd, 2011, by The Chairman

Confused? So’s everyone else! In 2010 Merseyrail abolished their Off Peak (Cheap Day) tickets, introducing the Day Saver instead which is a Day Ranger/Rover valid from 0930. Thus, from Chester the Anytime Return to Liverpool is £6.45, but the Day Saver valid for all Wirral Line services as a “runabout” from 0930 is a great […]

Watch out for the posh 150! ….

Posted on March 21st, 2011, by The Chairman

There’s a posh train about! Northern have been allowed to hire a train from Arriva Trains Wales, a class 150, currently 150285, the last production class 150. It was working Victoria-Clitheroe services last Thursday. Arriva Trains Wales’ class 150s were beautifully refurbished a few years ago. Comfy 2+2 seating (ours are 2+3) and with some […]

Proposed Hartford & Winsford poorer service ….

Posted on March 19th, 2011, by The Chairman

London Midland, the train operating company for the Crewe – Liverpool stopping services is proposing to significantly reduce ticket office opening hours at Hartford by around a quarter, and at Winsford by around two-thirds. We think this is quite the wrong thing to do at this time when usage is growing; indeed in comparison Northern […]

Northwich passengers get the Hump! ….

Posted on March 18th, 2011, by The Chairman

For many years, indeed just about since MCRUA was set up back in 1987, we’ve been trying to get the platforms raised at Northwich. It’s not that they’ve sunk, it’s just that with the modern track maintenance régime with mechanised tampers needing more ballast to be under the track, the tracks have risen. 24 years […]

Liverpool promotes Winsford, Hartford & Acton Bridge ….

Posted on March 13th, 2011, by The Chairman

Liverpool Chamber of Commerce (LCCI) has recently submitted its response to Network Rail to the Draft West Coast RUS (Rail Utilisation Strategy). The response was put together by the Transport Committee (I am a member), then reviewed and agreed by the Chamber prior to submission. Specific mention is made of the suppressed demand at Hartford, […]

Merseytart rides the Music Train (with video!) ….

Posted on March 12th, 2011, by The Chairman

Scott (Merseytart) came along with some of his friends to our 1st Music Train this year. Turns out he’s quite into jazz. He’s written it up on his Blog. Very amusing …. 🙂

North Eastern Express – Saturday 7/5/11 – Confirmed timings received ….

Posted on March 11th, 2011, by The Chairman

We’ve just received the confirmed timings for our North Eastern Express Mid Cheshire Line railtour on Saturday 7 May 2011 to Darlington, Durham & Newcastle, including pick ups / set downs at Stockport, Reddish South & Stalybridge. We’ve provided the more detailed version for those who like to watch our progress as we travel along. […]