Archive for July, 2010

Fancy renting Plumley Station Building? ….

Posted on July 28th, 2010, by The Chairman

The previous tenants have left. The shutters are up (not quite!) And for someone, the idea of renting a converted station building in the heart of the Cheshire countryside (and put it through the business?) must be a chance too good to miss. David Longdon, who owns Plumley Station Building, has put it back on […]

Music train proves very popular ….

Posted on July 22nd, 2010, by The Chairman

Last night was our best ever ‘ordinary’ Music Train attendance. We have only exceeded this number once or twice before and on those occasions it was because most people came from a single group. We counted 79 people, plus band on the train – about 50 seated in the music carriage, 15 standing there and […]

Remember our AGM! ….

Posted on July 19th, 2010, by The Chairman

Our AGM is next Thursday in the conservatory at The Golden Pheasant pub in Plumley, just a couple of minutes walk from Plumley station. Convenient trains are the 1807 from Chester and the 1817 from Piccadilly. This is the same pub we use for our very successful music trains from Chester; they look after us […]

Where are the new trams on the Altrincham Line? ….

Posted on July 18th, 2010, by The Chairman

Quite a few people have been commenting that the new M5000 trams seem not to be on the Altrincham Line any more. We’ve been doing a bit of digging and have heard the following, though it may not be correct …. Apparently, it seems the M5000s ride very roughly once they travel over 35mph. On […]

Train running performance continues to improve ….

Posted on July 17th, 2010, by The Chairman

We’re delighted to say that train running performance on our line continues to improve. You’ll probably have read previously that way back in the “dark days” of 1999 when we went to complain about the train running on our line to the then train operator, First North Western, performance was running at about 44%. This […]

Summer Rail Report published ….

Posted on July 14th, 2010, by The Chairman

Our Summer 2010 Rail Report has been published and with members since mid-May. A summary is posted on our website, with the full report posted once the following one is published. If you’re not a member and would like a copy of the latest Rail Report, please send an SAE C5 (i.e. holds once-folded A4 […]

Cycle Points ….

Posted on July 12th, 2010, by The Chairman

We’ve been a bit (a lot!) slow in the UK in following the cycling examples set by a number of our northern European neighbours – Sweden, Belgium and Holland come to mind. But now, the new impressive cycle point at Leeds is about to open. Elsewhere in the UK, there are variations on the cycle […]

Stockport gets new signs ….

Posted on July 11th, 2010, by The Chairman

Stockport’s new signs look really smart, replacing those from the Inter-City era of the early 1990s. Here’s a picture from last Monday afternoon on platform 3. And in the booking hall …. Strange that it takes Virgin until virtually the end of their franchise to get their signs up given how keen they are on […]

Replacement Buses – but the passengers wait on the platforms for trains ….

Posted on July 7th, 2010, by The Chairman

The Railway all over Britain seems to struggle to effectively communicate with passengers when planned replacement buses are running. We know that a few years ago, ATOC (the Association of Train Operating Companies) set up a working group to come up with a solution to this problem. I was interviewed as part of the research. […]

Bloomin’ Engineering Work (at Cuddington) ….

Posted on July 6th, 2010, by The Chairman

Last Sunday we had replacement buses between Knutsford and Chester due to track relaying between Cuddington and Greenbank. The buses all ran to plan from what we heard/saw. Here’s an engineering train approaching Cuddington “wrong line” (or “bang road” as it’s also known on the Railway – is that “bang” as in “crash”?!!) Volunteers took […]