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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 February: Travels in the Isle of Man since the 1950's. With Ken Grainger who visited the Isle of Man during 2016.
Friday 2nd March: East Coast Main Line during the Steam Era - Part 1. Steve Armitage returns to give a digital presentation on this popular subject.
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SOCIETY NEWS ITEMS
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: https://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/Templates/Club55Home.aspx?pageid=12884903058.
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 http://saphostrains.com/ 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 http://www.uksteam.info 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.
The next pub lunch will be at the Cheshire Line Tavern, Manchester Road, Cheadle SK8 2NZ on Monday 26th February 2017 from around twelve noon. This venue is situated not far from East Didsbury Railway and tram stations, and bus 42B Woodford - Bramhall - Cheadle - Manchester and 130 Macclesfield - Wilmslow - Manchester stop on Manchester Road nearby.
The pub website shows the food available and directions for those travelling by car. The pub's phone number is 0161 428 3352.
The lunch is open to members and their partners. Please let Chris Tasker know if you intend to be there.
A notice about the lunch and a menu are on the notice board at Stockport H.Q.
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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