Archive for August, 2011

All Steamed Up 2011

Posted on August 29th, 2011, by Vice Chairman

Mid Cheshire Line supporter and ex-railwayman John Whittingham informs us that he is leading a Mid Week Extravaganza of Steam Railways at the Beechwood Court Hotel in Conwy. Running from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd September 2011, the event will include visits to Standard Gauge, Narrow Gauge and Miniature Railways including the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland […]

Arriva Trains Wales Club 55 starts again ….

Posted on August 24th, 2011, by The Chairman

Good news those of us over 55 with the Arriva Trains Wales Club 55 offer running again from 4 September with travel valid up to 14 December. Note that there are again add ons for selected routes off the ATW area. The Northern add-on has increased by 50p to £1.50 being valid from Knutsford and […]

Cuddington flood defences ….

Posted on August 20th, 2011, by David.Miller

It’s not exactly a sea wall… When the A49 was resurfaced a few years ago, a sunken kerb across the entrance to the drive to Cuddington station was removed. It has now been replaced and should mean less rainwater running down the drive and onto the station. It should also mean less of a hazard […]

Business calls for more North West rail investment ….

Posted on August 19th, 2011, by The Chairman

Not only is business in the North West strongly behind the need to bring HS2 to the North West, but also calling for much more investment in the traditional rail infrastructure. Click here to read yesterday’s interview with Michael Oglesby, Bruntwood Chairman and recently crowned North West Property Personality of the Year.

Metrolink goes FREE this Sunday! ….

Posted on August 18th, 2011, by The Chairman

We hear that TfGM (Transport for Greater Manchester) are making Metrolink free this Sunday to give people an opportunity to get out and about this weekend and enjoy the many attractions Greater Manchester has to offer. TfGM want to show passengers, partners and the whole of the region their support in encouraging people to visit […]

Mid-Cheshire Moorlander postponed on Saturday 20 August ….

Posted on August 15th, 2011, by The Chairman

We hear that the fully-booked Mid-Cheshire Moorlander Hooton-Chester-Mid Cheshire Line-Settle-Carlisle-Workington-Mid Cheshire Line-Chester-Hooton special train organised by Compass Railtours for this Saturday, 20 August has had to be postponed to Wednesday 26 October because West Coast Railways of Carnforth don’t have enough serviceable coaches. There will however be another special train over the Mid Cheshire Line […]

Northern comes clean! ….

Posted on August 15th, 2011, by The Chairman

As many of you know, we’ve been complaining to Northern about the dirty state of their trains for well over a year. A previous post covers this, with comments as things changed (a bit) …. A new washing plant was promised for Newton Heath, the Manchester depot where all these diesels are maintained, as well […]

DfT confirms some more carriages for Northern ….

Posted on August 11th, 2011, by The Chairman

Yesterday, DfT announced through its website the next stage of the rolling stock cascade. In their press release is confirmation that Northern is getting back the 7 remaining class 142 Pacers that First Great Western have (two returned 2 weeks ago), though it doesn’t mention the 4 class 156 SuperSprinters that Northern is having to […]

Northern & TPE franchises extended to co-terminate ….

Posted on August 7th, 2011, by The Chairman

On Friday, Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Transport released a statement on the revised franchising timetable. It shows the Northern and TPE franchises extended to April 2014 with a view to considering prior to then whether to combine them or to split the services in some other way. Given the upcoming electrification programme, this […]

Derek Bateman RIP

Posted on August 5th, 2011, by The Chairman

Very sad news. Derek Bateman, formerly Leader and Father of Cheshire County Council, died last Saturday. A great shock. Derek was a passionate public transport supporter and a realist. There’s an excellent article about Derek in the Northwich Guardian. We pass on our condolences to his family, friends and those who worked with him. Thanks […]