Archive for December, 2009

Train running – when things go wrong ….

Posted on December 28th, 2009, by The Chairman

Most of the time the trains on our line turn up when expected and run on time. But every now and again things go wrong …. Last Wednesday was one of those days for me. I thought you might find my experiences helpful. I went for the 1555 from Mobberley to Chester, then to continue […]

Buses replace trains on Sunday 27 December ….

Posted on December 24th, 2009, by The Chairman

Northern Rail will be operating a bus replacement service on our line on Sunday 27 December due to a shortage of conductors. We hear a large number of conductors in the North West have made themselves unavailable to work this Sunday meaning an amended timetable will be in operation on some routes in Greater Manchester, […]

Altrincham Booking Office reopens ….

Posted on December 21st, 2009, by The Chairman

Following a refurbishment lasting around 2 months, the ticket office has reopened at Altrincham station. Thus, the full range of National Rail tickets is now again available from Altrincham, as well as Metrolink tickets.

New trams start ….

Posted on December 18th, 2009, by The Chairman

We hear Metrolink will start running their new trams next week. Apparently they now have seven – numbers 3001 to 3007. If you get a good picture of one, email it to me – – we’ll put the best ones up on the Blog. ***************************************************************** As you can see, I’ve added pictures sent in […]

Sunday strengthening ….

Posted on December 17th, 2009, by The Chairman

Sunday 20 December We hear a number of our services are to be strengthened to 4-car units on Sunday 20 December. These are: Towards Chester 1121 from Manchester Piccadilly 1321 from Manchester Piccadilly 1522 from Manchester Piccadilly. – all the above come from Southport and leave from platform 13, as do the later trains. Give […]

Heidi Mottram leaving ….

Posted on December 16th, 2009, by The Chairman

You may have read this elsewhere since it became public yesterday afternoon, but just in case I’ve added it to the Blog. Here’s the words from a press release …. “Northumbrian Water Group has hired one of the rail industry‚Äôs leading lights as its new chief executive. Heidi Mottram, managing director of Northern Rail, will […]

Cuddington ….

Posted on December 13th, 2009, by The Chairman

Cuddington has lost its fine collection of Scots Pines! Sad, but it had to be. They were well past their “safe by” date. Some had already come down in the last big gale and obstructed the railway line. Some were at dangerous angles, menacing parked cars and the station house. Thanks to David Miller for […]

Latest “Rail Report” ….

Posted on December 9th, 2009, by The Chairman

Members will be receiving their copy of our latest Rail Report in the post in the next couple of days. Topics covered this time include: – Chairman’s Comments (passenger patronage / The Great Western Express / Train Running Performance / Replacement Bus Performance) – Win a pair of Great Western Express tickets – An introductory […]

New Tram on the Altrincham line ….

Posted on December 8th, 2009, by The Chairman

I hear today from Andrew that a 3000 series new tram ventured onto the Altrincham line. I understand that up until now they have only been test running between the depot at Queen’s Road and Bury. Here’s a picture I took on my phone of 3001 progressing down Mosley Street late lunchtime. It may be […]

Cumbrian update ….

Posted on December 7th, 2009, by The Chairman

Some of you will have seen the Comment from John Kitchen, our first Community Rail Officer, and now Rail Officer for Cumbria County Council in response to my original “Workington” post. I felt this was too important to leave buried as a post, so I’m also reproducing it below …. “All, As you will doubtless […]