Mid Cheshire Rail Users Association

Your voice for the Manchester to Chester, Crewe to Liverpool and potentially Northwich to Crewe via Middlewich railway lines

Latest News & Events


    16th July 2019 - 18th August 2019

    The Mid Cheshire Line Art Exhibtion opens at the Weaver Hall Museum in Northwich on Tuesday 16th July....

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    There are Music Trains planned for August and September ....

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    There is engineering work on the Mid Cheshire Line during September 2019 ....

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    10th June 2019

    Sally Buttifant, our former rail officer has been honoured with an MBE .....

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    10th June 2019

    Engineering work on Mid Cheshire Line at end of June ....

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    13th May 2019

    Rail passengers gearing up for new train timetables rollout this Sunday ....

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2019 Music Trains programme

There are Music Trains planned for August and September.

Wednesday 7 August - Terry Burgin Blues Band on the Music Train from Chester to Plumley and at the Golden Pheasant
Terry Burgin and Frank Neil have been playing together for some years now with a love and understanding of the blues that is well known. Thor Brown has recently joined them as bass guitar player to add another dimension to their infectious musical style. Their music is essentially Delta and Chicago blues. They also play more recent music that fits this tradition so that they can provide a mix of old and newer. Most importantly, their music moves along in a style where the audience cannot help but tap their feet... and even join in.

No need to book for this Music Train – just get into the rear carriage. There is no charge for the Music Train, though there is a collection on the way back for the band and you will need a train ticket, which you must buy before boarding the train. (Music Train leaves Chester at 19:00 and return leaves Plumley for Chester at 22:29).

Wednesday 4 September - Port Sunlight Sea Dogs on the Music Train from Chester to Plumley and at the Golden Pheasant
Port Sunlight Sea Dogs sing shanties and songs of the sea. Based in Merseyside, their music interests are steeped in Merseyside's proud traditions. These include Maritime, Folk, Irish and Liverpool's Merseybeat roots, choir and operatic, all stirred up in a pan full of Scouse humour. Liverpool features in many shanties, a reflection of the River Mersey’s historic global, maritime importance. Liverpool’s docks, its ships and owners, its streets, its men and women – all are immortalised in shanties sung by sailors and performers of all nations across the world.

Arrangements and train times as 7 August.

Wednesday 11 September - ManchesterJazz3 on the train and more music at Alexanders
ManchesterJazz3 on both trains….three musicians from Manchester Jazz...the jazz sounds of New Orleans, and Chicago….and British revivalist jazz of the 1940s and 1950s. More music from the house band at Alexanders. You will need to book in advance. The £16 package deal of music at Alexanders and food also includes taxis to and from the station at Chester.

You need to book at www.alexanderslive.com. (You can find and book the Music Trains under ‘Tickets’). On Music Train nights it’s bangers'n mash with peas and gravy. You'll need a train ticket as well, which you must buy before boarding the train. (Music Train leaves Altrincham at 18:36 and return leaves Chester at 22:52).

Passengers using the Music Trains should note that before boarding the train (except at Lostock Gralam and Mobberley where there are no ticket machines) passengers need to purchase a ticket or Promise to Pay Card

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Our future Music Trains include:

2019 Music trains from Chester
Wednesday 2 October - to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley with the Time Bandits

Groups on Music Trains
Groups are very welcome to join the Music Trains.

If you plan to bring a group of 10 or more people on a Music Train from Chester to Plumley, please contact me in advance about your plans so that we can agree a date or dates. That way we can avoid having too many groups on one evening as well as the many people who come as individuals or in smaller groups – who can just turn up at a station on the night.

If you plan to bring a group on the Music Trains from Altrincham to Alexanders in Chester then just go ahead and book online with Alexanders. There is a maximum of 45 places available.

We are happy to arrange extra Music Trains for groups of 30 or more people on weekdays - five are arranged already. They can be in the daytime or in the evening. In the daytime we mostly go to the Railway Inn at Mobberley. The costs are the train ticket and a contribution to the band’s fee – there is no extra charge for arranging the Music Train. Contact me to discuss arrangements and possible dates. It might also be possible to arrange a group Music Train by combining two groups, if between them they can bring 30 or more people.

More Music Train details
Watch this website for further details or contact musictrains@midcheshirerail.org.uk  for more information or to sign up to the Music Trains newsletter.

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