Archive for October, 2010

I didn’t hear any screams! ….

Posted on October 28th, 2010, by The Chairman

Things were going bump and clank on the Mid Cheshire Line last night, when the very first ghost train left Stockport at 17.58. Over 50 people joined the train – parents & children were entertained by local ghost stories, scary face painting & sweets & chocolate. At Chester the families split in to 2 groups […]

Jazz in Chester ….

Posted on October 22nd, 2010, by Vice Chairman

Dave Roberts & his band pay homage to jazz legends at Alexander’s Café Bar in Chester every month.  On 3 November a Mid Cheshire Music Train will take you to hear them – with music from Geoff Higginbottom and Rob Carroll and a glass of bubbly on the train to Chester, taxis arranged to and […]

Digging Greenbank! ….

Posted on October 21st, 2010, by The Chairman

On Saturday 16th October, Christ Church from the station at Greenbank along with the Mid-Cheshire CRP spent a pleasant afternoon preparing the planters for Autumn and planting shrubs on the Chester bound platform. Vale Royal Environmental Network also came along to plant bramble cuttings in the hope of a good crop of blackberries next year. […]

New Freight on the Mid Cheshire Line ….

Posted on October 20th, 2010, by The Chairman

Starting on 6 September last is this new freight flow of ballast from the quarry at Penmaenmawr to the engineering sidings at Guide Bridge. It runs 4 times a week, the contract with Freightliner being for 12 months. It runs out to North Wales in the late morning peak, returning mid-afternoon. I saw 66619 on […]

Good “Northern” Mid Cheshire mentions ….

Posted on October 19th, 2010, by The Chairman

Just released is the latest issue of Northern’s customer magazine, “northern”, covering Autumn/Winter 2010. You can download it by clicking here. Our Mid Cheshire Line gets good mentions. There’s a great article about Knutsford on p.39. I had no idea about the Steven Spielberg connection. Then on p.41 there’s a page on Community Rail Partnerships, […]

Mobberley Joe retires ….

Posted on October 16th, 2010, by The Chairman

Joe Grixti, long time signaller at Mobberley retired at the end of September. Joe started as a signaller at Northenden Junction, then becoming a relief man for Guide Bridge. He migrated to being relief at Altrincham, before moving to a full time position at Deansgate Junction ‘box when it was modernised. Then it was out […]

AGM minutes published ….

Posted on October 15th, 2010, by The Chairman

We’ve just published the minutes to our AGM. These are available for download from the Home Page and then clicking “Notice Board” under the list of stations, or by clicking this link. Holding the meeting at The Golden Pheasant’s meeting room in Plumley was a great success, with all 40 chairs being used and a […]

Leaf fall arrangements improve ….

Posted on October 9th, 2010, by The Chairman

Our “leaf fall trains” (Rail Head Treatment Trains – RHTTs) start running next week. On our line we have a policy of “water-jetting” only, following (for those interested) a “wrong side” track circuit failure at Northenden last year caused by the Sandite gel being used. Those good at taking pictures may find the diagrams interesting […]

Our Network Rail “fix list” ….

Posted on October 3rd, 2010, by The Chairman

Network Rail, compared to their predecessors Railtrack, are vastly improved at looking after the infrastructure and related structures on our line. In essence, the Train Operating Company (TOC), in Mid-Cheshire’s case Northern, looks after the station infrastructure, and Network Rail looks after the rest. Despite prompting from us and many of you, some items such […]

Club 55 is even bigger ….

Posted on October 2nd, 2010, by The Chairman

Club 55 is back for the Autumn. The scheme now includes all First Group rail operators, as well as Arriva Trains Wales. Here’s the details courtesy of TPE’s website. I’ve just used it to go from Mobberley to Porthmadog, the long way round via Shrewsbury, Machynlleth and Barmouth. £16 from Mobberley, that’s £15 plus Arriva […]