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.

All ready to go at Chester

We arrived a little early at Skegness and then again on the return at Chester. The train was full and had been full for the previous 7 weeks after some particularly effective marketing. Many thanks go to all who helped make this train run so well, our volunteers, Riviera Trains (the provider of the coaches), DB Schenker, Network Rail and Flying Scotsman Catering who stood in at short notice following the very sad death of Steve Wells earlier this year – Steve ran Rolling Riot Catering which has now closed.

Here’s a picture of our train taken (with permission) from Skegness signalbox ….

…. and inside the signalbox.

It was a delight to see so many happy people leaving our train on our return and to receive many congratulatory emails. This is what makes it all worth it for us. We had some problems with the heating from Chester, mainly resolved by Reddish South where over 50 passengers including their band joined us. However, we did struggle being unable to get any heat into coach D. The Riviera and DBS traincrew tried to fix this, but without success. Because we were completely full, we were only able to move some of the people for coach D into warm accommodation. We have apologised to those inconvenienced and are in discussion with Riviera about this.

Passengers seemed to enjoy the raffle and the draw, and we will be able to donate £125 to The Railway Children charity in respect of the draw for the visit for two to Manchester Piccadilly Signalling Centre.

We were delighted that a number of “stars” from our “Manchester to Chester in 4 minutes and 40 seconds” YouTube video were able to join us as guests. The video has received well over 4,000 hits, and Northern Rail are so delighted with it that they’ve paid the producers to created a digitally-enhanced version for their publicity events. It’s on  for those who haven’t seen it yet.

Many passengers completed our forms asking for ideas of where we might take our special train next year. If you were on the train and want to put forward further ideas, or even if you didn’t make the train, please email me with any ideas for next year’s railtour. We always take these into account. A couple of things to bear in mind. It’s difficult for us to travel over the single track between Chester and Wrexham between 8am and 9.30am as it’s so full. Also, it needs to be attractive to 550 travellers – single people, families and friends – and to have a reasonable element of rail interest.

Some pictures of our train have appeared on the web ….!i=1829689847&k=XCR9QmQ

and see the last few pictures of the 7 May edition of Charlie Hulme’s North Wales Coast Railway website.

Great fun?  Yes! 

Bracing?  Well not in Lincoln from what I heard where passengers had a good time with the catherdral and the shops, but in Skegness it definitely was bracing where there was a 20mph northerly wind and also driving rain for about an hour!  The rain stopped, and the fish and chips were excellent   🙂

And for the “Eagle Eyed”.

Did you notice the headboard was the wrong one?

The story behind this is that our colleagues in Chester Model Railway Club who lend us the headboards delivered it to me the previous Wednesday evening, but I didn’t check it. When I did, it was too late to do anything about it.

It seems that when they went to where they store the headboards, one of them had a bit of a memory lapse and selected the wrong one as they do have a “Lincolnshire Poacher” headboard. Keep taking the tablets, folks!!

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  1. The Chairman Says:

    I’ve added a couple more “Skeggy” pictures into the post.

    One of our train from the signalbox and one of the inside of the signalbox, both taken with permission.

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