Archive for May, 2012

No Music for the Music Train! ….

Posted on May 31st, 2012, by The Chairman

Sally writes …. What do you do if you are running a music train, you find at the last minute that you have no music and Music Train organiser, Michael Ross is away on holiday in Cornwall? After panicking, sobbing quietly and thinking about your appalling singing skills and the ability to only remember one […]

Olympic Torch rides the Mid Cheshire line!! ….

Posted on May 31st, 2012, by The Chairman

Don’t you believe me?!! Here’s Cheshire West & Chester Northwich Town Councillor Amy Mercer-Bailey in charge of the torch carrying it from Northwich to Manchester Piccadilly on the 1737 from Northwich this evening speeding along on 150203. Our conductor, Becky, is a keen runner and was missing her friend carrying the torch in Bolton this […]

A further grant from the Designated Community Rail Development Fund (DCRDF) ….

Posted on May 26th, 2012, by The Chairman

Designation of the Mid Cheshire Line as a Community Rail Service is certainly proving advantageous …. Last March we received our first grant of just under £1000 when DfT, Network Rail and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships agreed to fund the new “Group Trip Planner” for the line. We’re delighted with it! Now, they […]

Sally visits The Spellbound Forest ….

Posted on May 23rd, 2012, by The Chairman

Sally, our Community Rail Officer, writes …. It was a really busy weekend on the Mid Cheshire Line ……. on Sunday 20th May Northern Rail had strengthened the trains and had added extra Sunday services making it hourly throughout the day. We caught the 1107 train from Chester using our excellent value Duo tickets – […]

2012 Daytime Music Trains start well ….

Posted on May 21st, 2012, by The Chairman

Michael Ross, our Music Trains organiser, writes: – Last Wednesday was the first time we ran a Music Train for the general public to The Greyhound at Ashley and it all worked very well.  There was a great atmosphere both on the train and at the pub. Though the weather started off cold the music was […]

Tram-Train trial to go ahead in South Yorkshire (at last!!) ….

Posted on May 17th, 2012, by The Chairman

Here’s an announcement today from the Department for Transport. *********************************************************************** Revolutionary new tram trains to be piloted in South Yorkshire Publisher: Department for Transport Published date: 17 May 2012 Type: Press release Mode/topic: Roads, Road transport Passengers in South Yorkshire will be the first in the country to benefit from flexible new Tram Trains that […]

Ffestiniog Round Robin valid from the Mid Cheshire line ….

Posted on May 15th, 2012, by The Chairman

*** UPDATED FOR 2013 TIMES & FARES *** Fancy a day out on a circular tour around North Wales including a steam train on the famous Ffestiniog Railway? The Ffestiniog Round Robin is valid from stations on the Mid Cheshire line. You can go in either direction, clockwise or anticlockwise. I like both!! Here’s the […]

Passenger Focus Board Meeting – Manchester

Posted on May 12th, 2012, by The Chairman

Passenger Focus is the independent public body funded by the Government to protect the interests of passengers. More details are on their website including about their next Board Meeting on Wednesday 16 May which is in Manchester and is open to the public. If you go and hear anything of interest to our lines, please […]

Lincolnshire Poacher – great fun and definitely bracing! ….

Posted on May 11th, 2012, by The Chairman

Our “Lincolnshire Poacher” special train on Saturday 5 May ran very well with around 550 people from most stations along the Mid Cheshire line as well as Reddish South to Lincoln, Wainfleet and Skegness. We arrived a little early at Skegness and then again on the return at Chester. The train was full and had […]

Mobberley box’s cat – RIP

Posted on May 2nd, 2012, by The Chairman

Last Saturday was a very sad day for the signalmen at Mobberley ‘box. The signalbox cat which has been around the ‘box longer than any of the signalmen, probably over 20 years, has been suffering with weight loss and more recently was giving rise to concern. Signalman Eddie had taken “Cat” to Zoe from the […]