North Eastern Express runs a treat! ….

Posted on May 13th, 2011, by The Chairman

Ready to go at Chester - (c) Robert Griffiths

Our special train last Saturday to Darlington, Durham (for Beamish) and Newcastle ran a treat.

(c) Robert Griffiths

Here it is departing Chester. The coach at the front is a generator car previously being “in service” on the Royal Train. This was “insurance” in case the Electric Train Supply (ETS) from the loco proved unable to power the air-conditioning, etc. on the train. In the event it was not needed.

With 464 happy customers, over 100 took the Beamish option to the “Living Museum of the North”. Others detrained at Darlington, many then making their own way later to Durham to experience this cathedral city, too. Others were evenly split between Durham and Newcastle. Arrival into Newcastle was just a few minutes late, whilst the return arrival into Chester was early.

Great work all round from our suppliers, Riviera Trains, DB Schenker, Rolling Riot Catering, Network Rail and the coach company to Beamish, as well as from our many volunteers in MCRUA without whom we could not run these trips.

Below, I’ve added another picture and some of the feedback received ….

“It was a fantastic day out and on the return leg enjoyment was complete winning a trip on the Anderton Boat Lift. The raffle had some excellent prizes.”

(c) Godfrey Stafford

Above is a picture taken at our “special stop”, Reddish South. The Friends of Reddish South had heard our railtour was coming through their station, not stopping. Last January they asked if we could stop there. This was agreed, and over 30 passengers joined. We put most of them in Coach K; they even brought their own band!

“To Everyoune at MCRUA. Many thanks for a wonderful day out yesterday on the “North Eastern Express” railtour. Everyone reported having a great day and said that it was a real pleasure being able to board at Reddish South. Thank you for the commission on the bookings, it will be put to good use in our ongoing campaign for a proper rail service to Manchester Victoria.” David & Dorothy Ashworth, Friends of Reddish South Station Group

Click here and here for two pictures of us passing Deighton, near Hudderfield at 0927 ….

“Dear all, from your Runcorn contingent – Many thanks for a fabulous day out – yet another well organised trip. We all really enjoyed it and are looking forward to Edinburgh next May. (Not decided yet! – Ed.) The music was good too – perhaps they could be in Coach M next year and we could all go to them?

Beamish as the add on was equally appreciated and most of my party had not been before (this is my 4th visit) and want to go again some time.

Thanks to all who helped make a great day out.

Alex. & Co.”

Please leave a comment

  1. Mr George L Ramsbottom Says:

    What a great day!

    We enjoyed the trip to Beamish. Excellently organised by your committee.

    Looking forward to the next one next year and thank you very much.

  2. Bernard Wells Says:

    Our first time on a MCRUA Special and we really enjoyed ourselves.

    Can we thank all those that made the day happen?

    Your excursions are great value for money!

  3. Robert Turvey Says:

    A really great day out, well organised, good coaches and no unforeseen difficulties with stock or motive power.

    Distance was okay in that it gave a decent amount of time at destination, Newcastle in my case, and shame about not being able to used the other bridge in Newcastle to come home.

    Just some thoughts – trips don’t have to be over long distances, e.g. Chester Model Railway trip to Dartmouth – good day out but seven hours to get there, three hours at destination and seven hours to get back. So my plea is for either really long outings with an early start, limited pickups and a reasonable time at destination (min 2 hours) where the point of the exercise is the rail journey, e.g. Ayr, Perth, Plymouth, Weymouth or for a shorter outing, shorter time on train but with far longer at destination, the point of the trip being the destination e.g. Aberystwyth, Barmouth, Cardiff, Warwick, Scarborough, Hull, Cleethorpes.

    I appreciate that some of these places may not take 12 or 13 bogies with 1 or 2 engines but why not use spare dmu stock on a Saturday or Sunday

  4. Allan Lewis Says:

    In regard to the Special Train to Newcastle. Can I say a big thank you to those who bought raffle tickets for the ‘Behind the Scenes Visit to Piccadilly Signalling Centre’ the proceeds which went towards providing a donation towards ‘The Railway Children Charity’.
    Kind Regards
    Allan Lewis

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