Archive for October, 2012

Bikes on Trains and the Mid Cheshire line ….

Posted on October 24th, 2012, by The Chairman

The carriage of bikes on trains has become more difficult since the end of the old DMUs and with the introduction of modern multiple units, these also often replacing loco-hauled trains which had luggage compartments, such as the Voyagers replacing Mk II coaching stock. On the Mid Cheshire line we’re seeing increasing numbers of passengers […]

Our visit to Allerton Depot ….

Posted on October 19th, 2012, by The Chairman

Last March following an invitation, a number of us visited Northern’s Newton Heath depot in north Manchester. At the conclusion of that visit, Paul Grimes asked us if we’d like to visit Northern’s new Allerton Depot in South Liverpool. Yes, please!! We visited on 26 June last, with Dave Collins and the staff there very […]

Planned Replacement Buses – but still passengers wait on platforms expecting a train ….

Posted on October 9th, 2012, by The Chairman

We first blogged about this in Summer 2010. Since then Northern have brightened up the design of the notices used on the Mid Cheshire line. We think these are far more eye catching. But still, we often find passengers are waiting on platforms expecting a train at the usual time when actually it’s a bus […]

New Tram-Trains in Lyon ….

Posted on October 7th, 2012, by The Chairman

The first line of the new Western Lyon tram-train project started running on Saturday 22 September. This is a transport project in the urban area of Lyon in the region Rhône-Alpes to improve the traffic between the railway stations of Lyon-Saint-Paul to Brignais, L’Arbresle, Sain-Bel, and Lozanne. The project consists of the creation of three […]

Swaying along with The Jaywalkers (on a Pacer) ….

Posted on October 7th, 2012, by The Chairman

Mike Ross writes: Never before has the Pacer’s famous swaying motion been put so well to musical effect! The Jaywalkers managed it with ‘No me tacos’ on the Music Train from Plumley last Wednesday evening, swaying to the music and even encouraging their audience to sway along with them. It was one of the highlights […]

CAMRA Mid Cheshire Rail Ale Trail ….

Posted on October 5th, 2012, by The Chairman

Saturday 20 October 2012 is the date set by CAMRA East Cheshire for their next “train crawl”. Here’s an extract from the latest “Out Inn Cheshire” …. *************************************************************************** RAIL ALE TRAIL Our next scheduled train crawl is on Saturday 20 October. Anyone is welcome to join us, CAMRA member or not! I have hosted this […]

First in the Outstanding Team category at the National Community Rail Awards! ….

Posted on October 2nd, 2012, by The Chairman

We (Friends of the Mid Cheshire line) WON the Outstanding Team category at the National Community Rail Awards last Friday evening in Swindon for all the work that our volunteers and partners did for North West in Bloom 2011 when the line was awarded a level 4 “Thriving” certificate for our efforts. We have a […]