Mid Cheshire Rail Users Association

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Unfortunately, because of Covid-19, the 2020 Music Train programme has had to be cancelled.

We very much hope to be back in 2021.

2020 Music Trains programme

A full programme of Music Trains has been arranged for 2020, to run from April to October. Details are below and in the latest edition of ‘Along Mid Cheshire Lines’, the newsletter of the Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership.

Wednesdays: Chester to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley 

22 April: Chester Folk Festival – CANCELLED
13 May: Deportees - CANCELLED
22 July: Time Bandits - CANCELLED
19 August: Pastry Shoes - CANCELLED
9 September: Nelson Peach - CANCELLED
7 October: Port Sunlight Sea Dogs - CANCELLED
(depart Chester 19:00, return at 23:15)

Wednesdays: Altrincham to Alexander’s in Chester
3 June: Geoff Higginbottom and Rob Carroll (with Dave Roberts Jazz Quartet at Alexander’s) - CANCELLED
15 July: Loose Change (with Deportees at Alexander’s) - CANCELLED
16 September: Mambo Jambo (with Dr T-Bone Blues at Alexander’s) - CANCELLED
(depart Altrincham 18:36, return at 23:52)

Friday 12 June: Chester to the Angel at Knutsford for Knutsford Music Festival - CANCELLED
Terry Burgin Blues Band - CANCELLED
(The 2020 Knutsford Music Festival, with headline act Kate Rusby on Saturday, takes place from Friday 12 June to Sunday 14 June. www.knutsfordmusicfestival.com).
(depart Chester 19:00, return at 23:15)

What is a Music Train?

It’s an entertaining evening out to a country pub or a city café-bar – with lively music on the train and at the destination. The Music Train programme runs from April to October – every month from Chester to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley (except in June when, as part of the Knutsford Music Festival we go to the Angel in Knutsford) and every couple of months from Altrincham to Alexander’s in Chester. Excellent musicians perform on the train both ways as well as at the destination. There’s different music every month – it could be blues or folk or pop or sea shanties or jazz.

Music Trains are arranged by the Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership to promote the Line. They have been running since 2007 and usually attract 30-40 people. The Music Train uses one of the Mid Cheshire Line’s regular hourly services, operated by Northern Rail, which stop at all stations. And you can get on at any station.

How it works - the band plays on the train - we take over a carriage. At our destination everyone goes to the pub for drinks and good food – and there are further sessions from the band. At the end of the evening the band play for us again on the return journey. If we go to Alexanders there is another band playing at the venue.

What does it cost? You will need a train ticket, of course. You can buy train tickets from staffed stations or from the ticket machines at other stations. From Chester to Plumley or Knutsford there is no charge for the Music Train itself. From Altrincham to Chester you will need to book the package deal online through Alexander’s website (www.alexanderslive.com). The package covers taxis from the station to Alexander’s and back, the band at Alexander’s and your meal of sausages, mash and peas. On the return journey there is a collection for the musicians.

Extra music trains - as well as operating the public programme of music trains we may be able to arrange a ‘special’ for a group of 30 or more – in the daytime or in the evening. Contact the Music Trains organiser to discuss the possibilities at musictrains@midcheshirerail.org.uk

More details – on the Mid Cheshire Line website. You can also join our mailing list for regular news about events on the Line or contact our Music Trains organiser at musictrains@midcheshirerail.org.uk