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SOCIETY NEWS ITEMS
Tornado Visits the North West
Pacific no 60163 'Tornado' was in charge of 1Z63NC, a West
Coast Railway charter from Darlington North Road to
Liverpool Lime Street on Saturday September 19th. As
expected, some of our members turned out to record the
occasion on film.
Photo: Andrew Macfarlane
The special passes through Manchester Victoria station.
Photo: John Tate
Approaching Rindle Lane Crossing, Astley at 12.34.
Photo: John Sloane
Passing through Earlstown.
Photo: John Sloane
Admirers gather on Lostock Hall platform. Is the
gentleman taking a low shot or is he on his knees in awe?
Photo: John Sloane
This fine photograph, taken at Standish, highlights the
locomotive's superb lines.
Bury Diesels - Green and Blue.
Photos by John Tate
First the green - Classes 40, 25, 47, 24, and a glimpse of
diesel-hydraulic Class 14
-and then the blue. English Electric Type 4 and
3. Photos taken by John Tate on September 20th 2020 at
an organised photographic day event.
Local News Items
The free WiFi on Metrolink has ended to save £1.3
million. Tram frequency was increased to every 10
minutes during the day as from Monday 22nd June. Trams
run every 20 minutes in the evenings and on Sundays.
Northern began using class 142 Pacers again as from Monday
6th July. They only operate coupled to a "compliant"
unit on diagrams which take in Kirkby, Rochdale, Rose
Hill Marple, New Mills Central and Sheffield.
A plan to use 142s on their own on the Southport to Alderley
Edge/Stalybridge service was dropped. Northern have
permission to also use class 144 Pacers in service but they
are not currently doing so.
Possible new station in Cheadle.
A bid for funding for a new station in Cheadle was announced
on the 15th July. The previous station on the LNWR
line in Cheadle closed in 1917.
New freight flows from North Wales.
The new freight flow of slate waste from Llandudno Junction
yard will run to Earles Sidings.
The new stone traffic from the reopened sidings at
Penmaenmawr will be operated by GBRf and will run to Theale.
Thanks to Andrew Macfarlane for these news items.
A most unusual event on the evening of 27 July was the
appearance, for reasons unkown, of Freightliner
electric loco 86 607 reversing at Hazel Grove,
as part of an intinerary which began and ended at
Freightliner's depot at Basford Hall, Crewe. Is this a
genuine 'first'? Picture by Peter Cross.
Committee Meeting No 746 (July) Minutes
Because of the social distancing and travel restrictions
required in view of the current Covid 19 pandemic, it is not
possible to hold a Committee Meeting at present. In order to
ensure continuity of MLS Committee business, the minutes
report has been produced based on email submissions by
Society officers and on-line discussion by MLS Committee
The minutes can be found in the Members Only password
May News Items by Andrew Macfarlane
Metrolink. From 6th April services were reduced
to operate every 20 minutes due to the virus. They were
increased back to every 12 minutes from 26th May (still
every 20 minutes on Sundays).
The Government recently announced funding for a feasibility
study into reopening the Rochdale-Heywood-Bury line. Do they
know that part of that is part of the East Lancashire
Railway? Also it is not clear how this fits in with the TfGM
plan for tram-train on this corridor.
Class 70s. Freightliner stored all of their
examples in mid-April. The Greater Manchester binliner
trains have reverted to class 66 haulage.
Saver Half Single. Avanti West Coast have
withdrawn this useful ticket type from the start of the May
fares change. The ticket was available online only for one
leg of a journey if an advance purchase single had been
bought for one leg and no advance ticket was available for
the other leg.
Adswood Spur. Railfuture has published a report
advocating a new freight terminal at Carrington (to replace
Trafford Park) to take freight away from the Castlefield
corridor. They also propose a spur from the former Midland
line at Adswood across the site of Adswood Tip to join the
main line at Cheadle Hulme
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April News - from Andrew Macfarlane
The Trafford Centre Metrolink line opened as planned on
Sunday 22nd March (despite the virus). The initial service
is a 12-minute frequency shuttle from Cornbrook. Metrolink
services were reduced to a 12-minute frequency across the
system (with the Altrincham-Bury service withdrawn) as from
Monday 23 March due to reduced demand because of the virus
(and also because fewer staff were available). Where
possible services have been formed of double trams to enable
social distancing to take place. The service will be further
reduced to every 20 minutes from Monday 6th April.
The Northern franchise was taken into public ownership as
from 1st March. Nick Donovan is the new Managing Director of
Northern. He was previously MD of Transpennine Express.
Experienced railwayman Robin Gisby is Chairman of the new
company Northern Trains Limited.
Since February Freightliner have been using class 70
locomotives on the Greater Manchester binliner trains
The Dean Lane refuse transfer station at Newton Heath is
currently being rebuilt and rail traffic from there has
The last four Northern class 142 Pacers have been withdrawn
and are currently parked at Newton Heath depot. Plans for a
farewell tour to the Northern class 142s have been cancelled
due to the virus.
In March it was announced that a feasibility study is to be
carried out into the possible reopening of the Skelton
Junction to Glazebrook line.
Freight Variety - by Charlie Hulme
It's perhaps an interesting fact that in March 2020 the
three main types of freight loco - classes 60, 66 and 70 -
can be seen in action in the Stockport area. These three
views were taken at Stockport station before the current
On 11 March, the 09:54 from Cemex, Peak Forest to Hope
Street, Salford was powered by 66 780 'Cemex Express' in its
special livery, named by Peter Waterman in June 2019. The
wagons behind the locomotive are former coal hoppers
shortened for limestone usage by cutting out the centre
section. The company name 'Cemex' is a clue that Dove Holes
quarry is now owned by a multinational based in Mexico.
Freightliner hold the contract for Greater Manchester Waste
trains, which currently run to the Runcorn Folly Lane branch
where there is access to an 'energy for waste' plant.These
have been hauled by Class 66s in recent times, but in
February Class 70s took over.Seen at lunchtime on 11 March
was 70 010 with the 11:12 empty containers from Runcorn to
Brindle Heath waste terminal in Salford. Until February some
of the wagons would have been detached at Brindle Heath and
tripped to Dean Lane waste terminal in Newton Heath, but
this has ceased, as the Dean lane building is being
demolished for rebuilding in another form. The last train to
enter the sidings was a railtour on 7 March.
Another regular flow is of 'biomass' (wood pellets) from
Liverpool Docks to Drax power station. The loaded trains
take an indirect route via the Mid-Cheshire line and
Stockport to avoid the climb of Miles Platting bank. The
empties return via Rochdale, Manchester Victoria and Eccles.
The wagons are a special design to carry a maximum load of
the relatively light material. GB Railfreight is the hauler,
using Class 60 locos purchased from Colas, such as 60 096
'Impetus', seen on 14 March approaching Heaton Norris
Junction where it will take the route towards Guide Bridge.
The 'unofficial' names on these locos reference celebrity
marine tugboats, 'tug' being an enthusiasts' nickname for
the Class 60.
News Items for the Mancunian by
Crewe Heritage Centre News
Metrolink tram no. 1023 was due to be moved from Trafford
depot to the Crewe Heritage Centre by Allelys Heavy Haulage
(as featured on Train Truckers on Yesterday channel) on
Monday 3rd February. Tram 1007 is due to be moved from
Trafford depot to Rigby Road depot in Blackpool. Both trams
are earmarked for eventual transfer to the Heaton Park
Metrolink Trafford Park Line
It has been announced that the line is due to open in April.
The initial service will be from Cornbrook to the Trafford
Centre. This will eventually be extended to become a
service from Crumpsall (where a new bay platform has been
constructed) to the Trafford Centre. It has recently
been announced that this line will now open on Sunday March
Metrolink Extension to Stockport
On 22nd January it was announced that Stockport Council and
Transport for Greater Manchester are to request between
£500m and £1bn from the Government to deliver an extension
of the Metrolink line from East Didsbury to Stockport town
centre. The Government has previously signalled its support
in principle for the extension of the network. TfGM and the
council have already paved the way for trams to integrate
with other transport networks in Stockport; the £120m
redevelopment of Stockport Interchange due to start on site
this year factors in a Metrolink route and stop, and is
backed by £40m of Government Growth Fund money. Stockport
Council and TfGM will now work up a business case for the
Metrolink extension, which is set to cost between £500m and
£1bn, and will also request Government grant the necessary
transport planning powers at the same time as the funding.
If funding is granted, a start on site could begin by
Wayfarer Ticket Price increase
The GM Wayfarer ticket increased in price from 2nd January
to adult £14.40, group (up to 4 people no more than 2 of
whom are adults) £28.80, English National Concessionary pass
holders £9.50 and children (aged 5 to 15) £7.20.
Metrolink fares increased by an average of 2.2% as from 26th
January. Single fares remained unchanged.
Northern’s class 323 electric trains have been
maintained at the Trans-Pennine Express Ardwick depot since
the December 2019 timetable change.
Drivers on Northern who are members of ASLEF have voted to
accept a new deal on Sunday working and Sunday services were
back to normal as from Sunday 26th January.
Demolition of Erecting Shop at Horwich Works
(From the Bolton News website)
Visitors were recently given the last chance to look around
the Horwich Locomotive Works erecting shop, of the
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, which turned the sleepy
village into the heart of the first Northern Powerhouse.
Demolition is imminent at the site to make way for a
1,700-home development. Horwichers, heritage enthusiasts and
councillors alike seized the opportunity to see a part of
the town’s heritage for the last time. The Horwich Loco
Works erecting shop is due to be demolished to make way for
a spine road which is “crucial” to the development and
regeneration of the site. Talks are currently underway to
move the first locomotive built at Horwich Locomotive Works,
No.1008, to the site. And it might be joined by another
well-known engine, the miniature works engine ‘Wren’.
New Look Pendolino
Pendolino No 390 155 in the new Avanti West Coast livery
calls at Stockport on January 8th while forming a service to
Photograph by Charlie Hulme
Older items can be found on the 2019 Archive page
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Page updated September 20th 2020