Hooton-Helsby line – celebrating 150 years on Saturday 6 July ….

Posted on June 25th, 2013, by The Chairman

The railway between Hooton and Helsby is 150 years old on 1 July 2013.

To celebrate 150 years of rail Merseyrail, Northern Rail, Arriva Trains Wales together with Cheshire West & Chester Council, volunteers from Little Sutton, Ellesmere Port, Helsby and Frodsham stations (North Cheshire Rail Users Group) are organising a special train.

Hooton Poster A4

More details ….

The train will run on Saturday 6 July leaving Liverpool Lime Street at 0942 and is an opportunity to travel the whole line from Hooton to Helsby on one train and also to cross the Halton Curve.

A half size narrow gauge steam engine will be on display at Helsby Station as part of the station open day when the acclaimed Prize Winning Gardens at Helsby Station will be open for viewing by kind permission of Arriva Trains Wales; the newly overhauled and refurbished station buildings at Helsby will be open to the public courtesy of Network Rail. There will be an unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the occasion donated by Llechwedd Slate Quarry at Blaenau Ffestiniog who provided the slate for the original station roof. Also, a Raffle Draw, Birthday Cake and suitable celebrations to commemorate the event.

At Ellesmere Port Station between 12 noon and 1pm the Mersey Morris Men will be performing and the I Travel Smart Team will be on hand to encourage people to use public transport. A vintage bus service and a brand new Stagecoach bus will also operate between Helsby and Ellesmere Port in the afternoon; from Helsby at 13.35; 14.05; 15.00; 16.30; and from Ellesmere Port at 13.00; 13.25; 14.15; 14.45 (times are provisional).

Commemorative items for sale at both stations.

For one day only there is FREE ENTRY to the National Waterways Museum on production of a 6 July Hooton Helsby Day Ranger ticket. A full visit is usually 3-4 hours and entrance prices are normally £6.50, £5.50 or £4.50 (but for this you can get a year’s free admission) so why not enjoy a short free visit on the 6 July and then buy an annual pass and come back to many of the museum events over the next 12 months?

Tickets for the special train – Hooton Helsby 150 Day Ranger tickets – can be purchased at any staffed Northern or Merseyrail station from 1 July. Cost £10 for adults and £5 for children.

Special train ticket information:

The price is £10 adult / £5 child. No railcard or child discounts. Valid for travel on Saturday 6 July 2013 only. Available to purchase from any Northern or Merseyrail staffed station from Monday 1 July 2013 – ask for a Helsby Hooton 150 Day Ranger.

Valid for travel as follows:

Northern Rail*:
• Any service between Liverpool Lime Street and Liverpool South Parkway / Warrington Bank Quay including intermediate stations
• 0942 Liverpool Lime Street – Hooton via Warrington Bank Quay special
• 1137 Hooton – Helsby special
• 1210 Helsby – Hooton special
• 1307 Hooton – Liverpool Lime Street via Runcorn (mainline) special

Merseyrail Electrics:
• Any service between Ellesmere Port / Hooton and Liverpool City Centre including intermediate stations
• Any service between Liverpool City Centre stations and Liverpool South Parkway including intermediate stations

Many of us from MCRUA will be there. Come and join us and NCRUG if you can!


* the detailed Northern timetable is below ….
Northern Timetable

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  1. Mike Battman Says:

    I’d loved to have done that with my grandson; but we’re off to York that day for the Great Gathering of A4s


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