Archive for August, 2012

The Zone Café becomes “THE bean” ….

Posted on August 28th, 2012, by The Chairman

Toni has retired from doing a great job running the café at The Zone in Northwich. A shame, but at 72 he’s allowed!! And Gemma’s taken over, renaming it “THE bean”…. Here’s a butty coming for lunch …. …. to a nice comfy chair …. Gemma’s not only looking for the trade that comes from […]

TfGM’s South Manchester Rail Routes Market Analysis and the Mid Cheshire line ….

Posted on August 19th, 2012, by The Chairman

Last November, TfGM published the first in a series of reports analysing the rail routes travel market in segments of the Manchester City Region – TfGM South Manchester Rail Routes – Market Analysis. Our line is referred to in this report as “The Northwich line”. I wrote a critique – Critique of Nov 2011 TfGM […]

Mid Cheshire Line Plan approved by DfT ….

Posted on August 18th, 2012, by The Chairman

Last January the Mid Cheshire line was designated as a Community Rail Service. As part of this designation, there is a requirement for an annual plan to be produced and for this to be approved by the Department for Transport (DfT). We’re delighted that this has been approved. They particularly liked the masses of community […]

Chemnitz goes for bi-mode tram-trains ….

Posted on August 17th, 2012, by The Chairman

German city, Chemnitz, is developing a tram-train network with bi-mode diesel and electric tram-trains running from the overhead wires on the city’s tram system and onto regional railway lines to nearby towns and villages using their diesel engines. More details are in The Railway Gazette. These three routes form the first stage of a five-phase […]

Eclectic Musical Mix to Jazz in Chester ….

Posted on August 17th, 2012, by The Chairman

Phill Bamford writes …. A gloomy, overcast evening turned glorious as we travelled along the Mid Cheshire line on 15 August 2012 en route to Alexanders in Chester, listening to a group of young musicians and their string quartet ‘Dmitri’. 18 clients plus regular passengers on the 18.46 from Altrincham were treated to an eclectic […]

Railtour Winners visit Piccadilly Signalling Centre ….

Posted on August 12th, 2012, by The Chairman

On our special trains we run a raffle with many prizes, as well as a special draw for a visit to the Manchester Piccadilly Signalling Centre. We donate 50% of the proceeds of the special draw to the railway charity, The Railway Children. £125 this year. Excellent! Here’s lucky winners, Barbara Dean and Eric Wright […]

Special on the Middlewich line ….

Posted on August 12th, 2012, by The Chairman

Yesterday UK Railtours ran a Basigstoke to Buxton via Middlewich special, returning via Chesterfield. Courtesy of Dave Roberts and Neil Cunliffe, here’s class 66 66213 leading the train’s 13 coaches through Middlewich with class 66 66153 on the rear. There more pictures on The Middlewich Line website.

Report for GMPTE on Tram-Train to Greenbank – 2007 ….

Posted on August 6th, 2012, by The Chairman

Following on from the proposal for tram-train in Mid Cheshire, we’ve been contacted to let us know that GMPTE commissioned a report in 2007 on the potential for Tram-Train to Greenbank (it seems there’s also a separate report on Tram-Train to Marple). This report has been released in a redacted form under The Freedom of […]

Updated Middlewich Rail Link Campaign website launched ….

Posted on August 5th, 2012, by The Chairman

Our colleagues working on the campaign for the reopening of the line through Middlewich to regular passenger services have recently upgraded their website. We believe that reopening this line including the station at Middlewich will bring strong economic benefits to Mid Cheshire. It will be good for Middlewich (pop. 13,000 in 2001 and growing), making […]