Archive for August, 2013

Music Train graduates with honours …..

Posted on August 27th, 2013, by Vice Chairman

Wednesday’s (21st August 2013) Mid Cheshire Line Music Train carried 36 music lovers and an unusual quartet of musicians from Altrincham to Alexanders in Chester. The Murray String Quartet played with the verve, enthusiasm and musicianship. Four recent Royal Northern College of Music graduates (Ann Brigham, Frances Evans, Jessica Hall and Chris Terepin) entertained us for almost […]

Be aware of thieves’ tactics ….

Posted on August 18th, 2013, by Vice Chairman

Thursday, 15 August marked the public launch of Operation Magnum, a British Transport Police (BTP) campaign to help rail passengers keep valuables safe from pickpockets, gadget-grabbers and luggage thieves. The nationwide operation was launched in June, after a pilot on the London Underground earlier this year, and looks to tackle the 16% rise in theft […]

Two Music Trains pass in the night!

Posted on August 17th, 2013, by Vice Chairman

Mike Ross, our Music Trains Organiser writes …. On Wednesday night (14th August 2013), in good weather, we had two Music Trains running simultaneously – one from Knutsford to Chester and the other from Chester to Plumley.  (They passed each other at Cuddington). Both were full!  72 people got off the Music train at Pulley […]

Mid Cheshire Train Running Performance starting to recover after timetable change ….

Posted on August 12th, 2013, by The Chairman

MCRUA has been working with TOCs since January 2000 helping to monitor and improve train running performance along the Mid Cheshire line. 1 April marks the beginning of a new (Railway) year, so we’ve decided to create a new post. For those interested in the history of how we’ve done over the last few years, […]

Whoots opens in Altrincham Station ….

Posted on August 7th, 2013, by The Chairman

A new outlet has opened in Altrincham Station where the Hamiltons café used to be. Called “Whoots”, I took some pictures on my visit and asked the owners to provide some information on their new venture. **************************************************************************************** Liam Williamson writes …. Development Our main inspiration for beginning Whoots was the traditional association of takeaway food […]

Mid Cheshire – Replacement Franchise Aspirations ….

Posted on August 7th, 2013, by The Chairman

Over the last few years, MCRUA together with the Community Rail Partnership has been putting together its aspirations for what should be in the replacement for the current Northern franchise for the Mid Cheshire line. Our March 2012 public meeting in Plumley saw a presentation from Lee Wasnidge, Area Director West for Northern, who discussed […]

Metrolink Update – August 2013 ….

Posted on August 4th, 2013, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson writes: – Recent work over two weekends in July has enabled the Tram Management System (TMS) to be extended across the Cornbrook viaduct from the ramp up to Deansgate-Castlefield to Old Trafford Tunnel. Thus trams on the Altrincham line rely on line of sight when travelling from/to the city centre after entering/leaving Trafford […]