Archive for January, 2014

Last “Hoppers” into Oakleigh Sidings ….

Posted on January 30th, 2014, by The Chairman

Thanks to Andrew Macfarlane for spotting this sad event. There are no midweek afternoon workings this week and the final train into Oakleigh (Winnington) sidings is to be on Sunday 2 February. So for those wanting that final picture of the “Hoppers” climbing over Leftwich (Northwich) Viaduct, next Sunday’s the day. Thereafter, our understanding is […]

Metrolink Update – January 2014 ….

Posted on January 29th, 2014, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson writes …. Changes to Metrolink services from Monday 27 January 2014 The launch of the new line through Oldham Town Centre from first tram on Monday 27 January brings four new stops on the Oldham Rochdale line and minor changes to the wider network. Notable changes to first/last trams from 27 January 2014 […]

Rail North to get “control” over rail franchising? ….

Posted on January 28th, 2014, by The Chairman

From the Manchester Evening News …. “Devolved powers over the region’s railways have taken a major step closer – after the government signed off a landmark partnership with northern town halls. “At a meeting with council leaders in Manchester (last) Friday, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin agreed to give transport authorities joint control over rail franchising. […]

January 2014 Mid Cheshire train fare increases ….

Posted on January 8th, 2014, by The Chairman

Always a good subject for a moan, the fare rises (and MCRUA!) even made page 3 of this week’s Knutsford Guardian, together with a nice picture of the bikes with the Manchester platform in the background. For those looking for the new fares from their local station, we haven’t been able to update our website […]

Cheshire & Warrington Local Transport Body misses Mid Cheshire electrification and Tram/Train ….

Posted on January 6th, 2014, by The Chairman

Henry Brooks of Tatton Estate notes …. “Interesting draft submission by the Cheshire & Warrington Local Transport Body. Seems to support Mid Cheshire line electrification initially, but then reads as other lines? No mention of tram/train or Metrolink that I can see. Chairman, perhaps worthy of its own discussion topic or even a representation? Henry […]

Oh, Mr Conductor, what shall I do? I want to buy a ticket, but I can’t find you ….

Posted on January 1st, 2014, by The Chairman

(with acknowledgements to George Le Brunn) It’s a common problem on the Mid Cheshire line. The trains are getting fuller, the conductors are finding it harder to get through to all passengers to sell tickets, 9 stations on the line have no ticket buying facilities and apart from at Chester, there are no automated ticket […]