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Monday meetings start at 1.00pm, ending at 3.00pm.

Friday meetings start at 7.30 pm, ending promptly at 9.15 pm.

Wednesday meetings start at 1.00 pm, ending at 2.45
Monday 2nd March:  The Fallowfield Line from Chorlton Junction to Fairfield Junction.  Eddie Johnson will show 150 pictures of the South District Line.  This show replaces the previously advertised one.

Friday 20th March:  BR Steam - The Twilight Years 1966-68 (especially in the North West).  John Sloane returns to give a colour presentation of this era.

Wednesday 25th March:  Mystery Slides.  Nick Clemson and Alf Storey invite you to put on your thinking caps to identify slides from the MLS collection.

Monday 6th April:  Scenes in the North West (mid- 1990s to recent times).  Lee Stanford returns with another presentation which will feature main-line steam and also heritage lines. 

Friday 17th April:  "7 up" - 35 Years of Railway Photography.  Peter Barkus presents a further selection of slides.

Wednesday 22nd April:  People and Places - Part 4.  Paul Shackcloth repeats the the latest talk in his fascinating series for the benefit of membersunable to attend last September.

Monday 4th May:  Euston and Destinations - Part 3.  This slide presentation by John Hooley will include routes branching off the West Coast Main Line from Oxenholme towards Carlisle and Glasgow.

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News Items for the Mancunian   by Andrew Macfarlane

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 Tramway.  

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.

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 2025. 

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 Manchester Piccadilly.
Photograph by Charlie Hulme

January Committee Meeting Minutes

The minutes of the January 2020 MLS Committee Meeting (No 743) held on January 8th are now available for members to view.  Go to the Members Only section (password required) and click on Committee and AGM Reports.

Older items can be found on the 2019  Archive page.

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