Archive for December, 2012

Remember Greater Manchester’s Railways in 1985? ….

Posted on December 30th, 2012, by The Chairman

I was having a sort out recently and came across this …. 27 years on. What a huge change! There’s more detail in the pdfs below. The cover is around 5Mb – GM Rlys 1985 – Outer …. …. and the diagrammatic map around 3Mb – GM Rlys 1985 – Map Post-Metrolink, the diversion our […]

Class 156 refreshes ….

Posted on December 24th, 2012, by The Chairman

Sounds like an advert for a mint? But, No! Read on …. Northern has 42 class 156 2-car Super Sprinter trains of which 28 are based at Allerton, the remainder being at Heaton, Newcastle. 18 of the 28 were inherited from First North Western (FNW), the others coming from Arriva Trains Northern. The FNW ones […]

MCRUA Blog passes 60,000 hits ….

Posted on December 22nd, 2012, by The Chairman

Who’d have thought when John Hulme came up with the idea of this Blog back in October 2009 that a blog primarily about the lines in Mid Cheshire would in 3 years get over 60,000 hits. But it has! As I post this we’ve just passed 62,000. Since we started we’ve put up 366 posts […]

Chris Lodington retires after 48 years ….

Posted on December 20th, 2012, by The Chairman

Many of you will know Chris Lodington. For years he’s been the Trains Manager at Chester, often boarding the 1st Chester-bound train at Cuddington and helping the conductor with the doors whilst they caught up with selling tickets. His regular train back from Chester was the 1607. His leaving “do” was on 20 October (see […]

2012 Community Rail Partnership Report published ….

Posted on December 20th, 2012, by The Chairman

The Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership has had a very successful year in 2012. The year has been very busy, and remarkable for at least FOUR reasons: – The line became a Designated Community Rail Service in January 2012 giving access to extra funds for projects along the line – The Partnership won a national […]

It’s Christmas at Northwich Station! ….

Posted on December 13th, 2012, by The Chairman

Sally writes …. For the last two years the staff at Delamere Forest have kindly donated a real Christmas tree for the ticket office and the CRP has held a Christmas event to decorate the tree. Unfortunately this year Delamere were unable to donate a tree and it seemed like Christmas was cancelled for passengers […]

Mid Cheshire Rail Report – Winter 2012/2013. An update ….

Posted on December 9th, 2012, by The Chairman

Members should have received their printed copies of the Rail Report last week together with the new timetable and subscription renewal forms (but you can renew using our website and save a stamp!) We’ve used a new distribution system. Those dispatched electronically should get these next week. Things often change fast on “the Railway”. Andrew […]

MCRUA makes BBC Inside Out North West! ….

Posted on December 6th, 2012, by The Chairman

On Monday evening BBC Inside Out North West showed a programme which we had been told was primarily about “Why do we have so much overcrowding and so many old trains compared to much of the rest of the UK.” Through contacts at TravelWatch North West, I was contacted and asked to do an interview. […]

Trains swamped, passengers unable to board ….

Posted on December 2nd, 2012, by The Chairman

Saturdays are often very busy on the trains on the Mid Cheshire line. In the run up to Christmas, just starting this year, they’re even busier with the Christmas Shoppers and those going to sports and leisure events all flocking to the trains. Yesterday, Saturday 1 December 2012 was no different in this respect. Lots […]