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Friday meetings start at 7.30 pm, 

ending promptly at 9.15 pm.
Wednesday meetings start at 1.00 pm, ending at 2.45 pm

Friday 16th March:  Demonised Diesels.  Peter Barkus returns to present a slide show on a Modern Traction theme.

Wednesday 21st March:  The Roger Kell Collection - Part 3.  Apart from the NW and NE this show covers the country.

Friday 6th April:  Mostly Steam in the 1970s at Home and Abroad.  A digital presentation by Malcolm Dickin.

Friday 20th April:  A Transport Miscellany (not just railways!).  A digital presentation by Phil Braithwaite.

Wednesday 25th April:  Norman Harrop - Home and Away.  Graham Nicholas presents a slide show tribute to our late member.

Friday 4th May:  Mostly Overseas but also some British.  A slide presentation by Phil Taylor mainly covering the Preservation Era.

Useful Links:

Real Time Trains

UK Steam Info

National Rail

Stephenson Locomotive Society

Manchester Model Railway Society

North Wales Coast Railway

Llangollen Railway

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If members have any photographs (like the one below), news items, gossip, or articles that they think would be of interest to other members, why not get them published here?  Simply email them to  For example, the recent interesting weather must have resulted in some dynamic images being recorded!

Signalbox Closure Date and Other News. 
From Andrew Macfarlane

Confirmation of the closure and demolition of Ashton Moss North Junction signal box during a two-week blockade from 14 to 29 April. The plan is to re-align the junction over the site of the box.  The box is a Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway structure of 1911 containing its original 56-lever frame.

 The line needs to cater for 6 trains per hour in each direction (2 Northern and 4 TransPennine Express) plus freights from the 20th May timetable change. The 4 TPE trains per hour are:

Liverpool- Newcastle via Victoria

Liverpool-Scarborough diverted to run via Victoria    

Manchester Airport-Middlesbrough diverted to run via Oxford Road, Ordsall Chord and Victoria

Manchester Airport-Newcastle diverted to run via Oxford Road, Ordsall Chord and Victoria


DfT press release on Crewe Hub (good news in my view):

Govt response to last year's consultation on the subject:



On Sunday February 4th, due to engineering works, train 1S46 09.17 Manchester Piccadilly - Edinburgh was routed via Stockport, Crewe (reverse) and Warrington Bank Quay.  This is a rare route for a Class 350 EMU.  Kevin Parkinson photographed 350 402 passing Stockport.

Train Log 60s

Have you noticed the newly added link on the Home Page to this website?

This is a highly impressive trainspotting log by our member Kevin Daily.  It is mainly concerned with the Stockport and Manchester area (and a few from elsewhere) and commences in Summer 1959 running in sections through to the summer of 1968.
The wealth of information on each page is phenomenal.  Train service destinations, locomotives, multiple units, motive power allocations, even carriage numbers are included.  More entries will be added regularly.

Train Log 60s

January News Item
by Andrew Macfarlane

A new Arriva Trains Wales Club 55 offer for those aged 55 or over began on Sunday 7th January and runs until Saturday 3rd March. The price is £27 return with £1 off for railcard holders. The add-on fare for Northern is £2.50. The usual conditions apply: no travel before 09.30 on Monday to Friday but there are no restrictions at weekends except travel is not permitted to or from Cardiff on Saturday 3rd February due to a major sporting event. Return travel must be within 8 days and all return travel must be completed by 10th March 2018. The ticket can be purchased on the day of travel and break of journey is allowed. More details are at:

The Ordsall Chord opened with the timetable change on Sunday 10th December. Initially it is only being used by six trains each way per day between Manchester Oxford Road and Leeds via Manchester Victoria and Bradford (hourly on Sundays). This service is due to be extended to run to and from Manchester Airport from May 2018. Also from May 2018 the hourly Manchester Airport to Newcastle and Middlesbrough TransPennine Express services will be diverted to run via Oxford Road, the Ordsall Chord and Manchester Victoria. This will reduce crossing moves across the Piccadilly “throat”. Also the Liverpool-Scarborough service is diverted to run via Manchester Victoria from May 2018 so will no longer cross the whole layout from one side to the other at Ardwick Junction. Both of these changes will release paths for the planned additional Northern trains from Piccadilly to Greenbank, Macclesfield and New Mills Newtown. However on 11th January it was announced that the completion of the Manchester-Bolton-Preston electrification had been delayed until December 2018 (it had been due to be completed by May 2018). Northern have said that this will have implications for the planned May 2018 timetable changes because of the need to continue using diesel trains on that line. They are now talking about a phased introduction of the changes, which also include much-improved Sunday services on many lines.    

On 24th December the Government said no to TfGM’s request to take over all rail stations in their area. In a surprise move, Arriva announced in October that they were pulling out of the bidding for the new Wales franchise. The service between Manchester Victoria and Blackburn via Bolton was increased to half-hourly from the December 2017 timetable change following the lengthening of the passing loop at Darwen.  

Members may have read about the new company Saphos Trains which has been set up by millionaire Jeremy Hosking to run steam-hauled charter trains out of Crewe. As an introductory offer, the company is offering half-price fares (typically £45) on its 2018 tours to destinations such as Holyhead, Cardiff via the Welsh Marches and Stratford upon Avon. Full details can be found on their website or by phoning 0800 038 5320. As of 28th January, six of the twelve trains were showing as being fully booked.

On Wednesday 1st August 60163 Tornado will travel through our area when it hauls its tenth anniversary train “The Mad Hatter” returning from Chester to Darlington via Northwich, Altrincham, Cheadle Heath, Hazel Grove and the Hope Valley line to Sheffield. The train will leave Chester at around 16.30. Final timings will be on nearer the time.         
A memorial planter in memory of Martyn Hett, one of the victims of the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on 22nd May who was a regular commuter on the train between Stockport and Altrincham, was installed on platform 4 at Altrincham on 5th December and was visited by his family on 6th December.
A new Metrolink timetable started on Sunday 28th January. The Bury-Altrincham service was given a 10-minute layover at Altrincham to improve timekeeping. Since 29th January this service has used platform 2 at Altrincham and the Altrincham-Piccadilly service (as it became) uses platform 1. Sunday services now operate until 23.30 (an hour later than previously), a very welcome move. Also all trams now run back to the depot in service and the Metrolink service from Manchester Airport has been extended to Manchester Victoria. The new electrical substation at Brooklands was commissioned in November 2017 and there are now more double trams running on the Altrincham line. Two of the eight trams on the Altrincham-Piccadilly service are now doubles (as well as all of the Altrincham-Bury services). A shame it’s not more than two.

New Feature Article

A very interesting new article by Pete Bridge entitled Trial by Camera - The Manchester Area in the 1970s has been published in the Feature Articles section.

2017 AGM minutes

The minutes of the 2017 Annual General Meeting, together with the minutes of Committee Meeting no 730 (November) can be found by clicking on Reports in the password protected section of the Members Page.

Older items can be found on the Archive page.

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