Mid Cheshire Rail Users Association

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

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    21st July 2018

    The RMT Strike planned for Saturday 21st July 2018 has been suspended ....

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    The Mid Cheshire Line Music Trains continues through to October 2018 .....

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    There is engineering work on the Mid Cheshire Line during July 2018 ....

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    22nd June 2018 - 30th November 2018

    For people going to Go Ape at Delamere by train there are discounts available ....

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    26th August 2018

    There is engineering work on the Mid Cheshire Line during August 2018 ....

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    11th June 2018 - 29th July 2018

    Any customer who has a disrupted journey and holds a TOC specific ticket ....

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The Mid Cheshire Line Music Trains continues through to October 2018 .....

You will have heard and read about the rail problems in the North West with the new timetable that started in May.

Since a revised timetable was introduced across the region a fortnight later the Mid Cheshire Line has settled down.

It is back to its normal reliability and is running the full published timetable.

Here is the Music Train programme for the rest of the summer – Chester-Plumley and Altrincham-Chester .....


Train times

Chester dep 19:01
Plumley arr 19:38

Plumley dep 22:29
Chester arr 23:14

Programme from Chester to Plumley and at the Golden Pheasant

Wednesday 18 July - Fiddlestone
Fiddlestone are an exciting 5-piece band...a new Celtic flavour and a rich repertoire of traditional music... ballads, airs, reels, and songs with stories... created from a unique combination of instruments and vocals.

Wednesday 8 August - Terry Burgin Blues Band
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.

Wednesday 5 September - Port Sunlight Sea Dogs
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.

Wednesday 3 October - Time Bandits
The Time Bandits, are a Chester-based folk band who came together for the first time in 2001. Their repertoire mixes Renaissance and early dance music with traditional folk tunes and songs and an increasing proportion of music written by themselves. They are equally at home playing for concerts and for dances. They are musical time travellers, ‘raiding and pilfering over 500 years of musical material for a modern audience’.

Altrincham to Chester

Train times

Altrincham dep 18:36
Chester arr 19:36

Chester dep 22:46
Altrincham arr 23:49

You will need to book in advance. The package deal of music and food also includes taxis to and from the station at Chester. You need to book in advance at www.alexanderslive.com  (You can find and book the Music Trains under ‘Tickets’). On Music Train nights it’s bangers'n mash with sausages, peas and gravy. You'll need a train ticket as well.

Programme from Altrincham to Chester and at Alexanders

Wednesday 15 August Pastry Shoes on the train and Dr T-Bone Blues Band at Alexanders
With sweet and compelling female vocals and harmonies, a single guitarist who skilfully creates the sounds of a full band, and the smooth, melodic tones of the tenor sax, Pastry Shoes will soothe you with easy-listening and familiar jazz and swing numbers, or have you singing and dancing to popular hits from the 1950s to the present day.
The Docs have become firm favourites on the North West England and North Wales gig circuit, bringing the house down wherever they roam. Their repertoire is extensive and varied including Chicago Blues, Bar Room Boogie, T Bone Walker style jump blues and some rollicking, jazz tinged R&B classics and hidden gems. With their winning combination of a tight rhythm section overlaid with honking sax, smoking guitar and soulful vocals these purveyors of high quality Blues and R&B will bring the house down wherever they roam. If your medicine is the sound of great artists such as Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry, Johnny Guitar Watson or Ray Charles, you'll find the doctors can provide the perfect prescription.

Wednesday 26 September Mart’s ManJazz3 on the train and So What Now? at Alexanders
Marts ManJazz3 on both trains….three musicians from Mart Rodger’s Manchester Jazz...the jazz sounds of New Orleans, and Chicago….and British revivalist jazz of the 1940s and 1950s. Louis Noble’s So What Now? leads the monthly Jazz Jam at Alexanders. We will hear jazz standards, classic Latin grooves and blues with their own brand of vibrancy, humour and most importantly with a whole lot of swing!’

Groups on Music Trains

Groups are welcome to join the Music Trains.

If you plan to bring a group of 10 or more people on a public 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 to Alexanders in Chester then just go ahead and book online with Alexanders. There is a maximum of 44 places available.

We can arrange a group Music Train for 30 or more people – either in the daytime or in the evening - from Monday to Thursday inclusive - in either direction.

Use the contact below to discuss a date and make the arrangements.

It might also be possible to arrange a group Music Train from Chester to Plumley or Mobberley 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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