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MEMBERS' MEETINGSFriday 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 5th July: A 21st Century Railway Miscellany. Peter Barkus returns to present another selection of slides.
Friday 19th July: Back to the 1950s Part 5 - Central and South Wales. An illustrated presentation by Martin Welch.
Wednesday 24th July: SLS / MLS Joint Railtours 1951- 87. Ian Clarke presents a digital show highlighting tours organised by the two Societies.
Monday 5th August: Travels in the Isle of Man since the 1950s. With Ken Grainger who visited the island during 2016.
Friday 16th August: Preservation 21st Century Style. A further selection of colour slides by Lee Stanford.
Wednesday 21st August: South Africa 1970s and BR Steam 1948-68. Peter Ward shows film and stills from his collection.
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SOCIETY NEWS ITEMS
Cemex - liveried 66 780 (ex DB Cargo 66 008), newly named 'The Cemex Express' is pictured passing through Davenport Station with the daily Peak Forest to Salford Hope Street stone train on the 21st June. This GBRf locomotive, with its special livery, was officially named at a ceremony in Buxton the previous week attended by Peter Waterman.
Photo: Charlie Hulme.May Committee Meeting Minutes
The minutes of the May Committee Meeting can now be found on the Member Page (password required). Click on the Reports Link.
Local Rail and Metrolink News by Andrew Macfarlane
Tornado passes through Altrincham
The famous new-build steam locomotive no. 60163 Tornado came through Altrincham hauling “The Mad Hatter” return excursion from Chester to Darlington North Road on Saturday 11th May. It was the first visit of the loco to the mid-Cheshire line. The special train was routed from Altrincham via Northenden Junction, Cheadle Heath, Hazel Grove High Level Junction and Disley Tunnel to reach the Hope Valley line and Sheffield.
Tornado approaching New Mills South Jct. Ken Millward
TransPennine Express has a current Club 55 offer (until Tuesday 4th June for outward travel) for those aged 55 or over. The prices are £22 return to anywhere on their network in the North of England, £32 return to anywhere on their network in Scotland. First class fares are £42 return in the North of England and £62 return to Scotland. Travel is not permitted before 09.30 on Monday to Friday. There are no restrictions on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays. Senior, Disabled or Two Together Railcard holders get 20% off (Disabled and Two Together railcard holders must be aged 55 or over). Travel is not permitted to or from Manchester Airport station. A new condition is that tickets must be bought in advance (at least the day before travel) but they can still be bought at stations as well as online. There is no need to specify particular trains or to reserve seats (although you can reserve seats if you wish to). Return travel can be up a month after the date of outward travel.
Sunday Bus Replacements
Trains between Stockport and Chester will be replaced by buses due to engineering work all day on Sundays 30th June and 7th July.
May 2019 Timetable Changes
There is virtually no change to the train service through Altrincham but the following changes are happening across the wider Northern network:
New hourly service between
• Chester and Leeds (via Warrington Bank Quay and Manchester Victoria) except Sundays.
• Sheffield and Gainsborough (including weekday services for the first time at Gainsborough Central)
Hourly services between
• Blackpool North and Manchester Airport (via Piccadilly)
• Blackpool North and Hazel Grove (via Piccadilly)
• Preston and Manchester Victoria
Currently the service from Manchester Victoria only goes as far as Buckshaw Parkway so this is a welcome improvement.
New West Coast Partnership Franchise
On 10th April it was announced by the Department for Transport that Stagecoach/Virgin had been barred from bidding from this and any other rail franchise due to their unwillingness to provide open-ended funding for the railway pension scheme. Stagecoach has now mounted a legal challenge against their disqualification from the East Midlands franchise. The new West Coast Partnership franchise, for which Stagecoach/Virgin were bidding in conjunction with SNCF, is due to start in March 2020.
Winner Announced for East Midlands Franchise
Abellio (Netherlands Railways) will be the new operator of the East Midlands franchise taking over from Stagecoach. Unfortunately it is planned to split the current Liverpool-Norwich service at Nottingham from an early stage in the new franchise. Either Northern or Transpennine Express will operate a service between Liverpool and Nottingham and there will be a separate Derby-Norwich service via Nottingham operated by the East Midlands franchise.
Another Special Train Through Altrincham
On Saturday 13th July UK Railtours are running through Altrincham with their “Buxton and Peak Forest” trip on its way back from Buxton to London Euston.
Crewe Open Day Now Sold Out
The Open Day at the former Crewe Diesel Depot on Saturday 8th June is now sold out.
The pointwork for the new bay platform at Crumpsall was installed over the Easter weekend. This will be the terminus for the new Metrolink service to the Trafford Centre, due to start in early 2020. The Trafford Centre will be in fare zone 3.
Member Syd Williams has written an interesting, amusing and thoroughly alarming article chronicling a week at Saltley Motive Power Depot in the early fifties. The article is appropriately titled A Bad Week for Saltley.
There is a very interesting new feature article concerning loco 37 422 at work on the Cumbrian Coast in 2015 and 2017. It is written by Charlie Hulme and features the photographs of Dave Garrett and the text of Charlie's recent Mancunian article. Enjoy.
MLS Committee Meeting No 738 Minutes (March)
The above document can be found in the Members-only section of the website. (Password required).
A Mystery Chair
This chair, which has been in the Society's possession for a considerable length of time, was brought back into view recently at our headquarters. The chair was certainly in use when our meetings were held at Sale Station up to the beginning of the nineties and before we moved to Stockport. It could very well have been present when the Society was inaugurated at Manchester Central back in 1935! If that was so, could it's origins be traced back to before the Grouping?
The front legs of the chair have castors which has led to speculation that it could have been used in a dining car, the castors enabling the attendant to wheel the chair behind the diner, to make the sitting process easier.
Although the leather covering is showing a great deal of distress, the wooden frame is in excellent condition. It carries simple but pleasing carvings on the woodwork.
Can anyone shed any light on this fine piece of furniture?
MLS Committee Meeting No 737 (January 2019)
The minutes of the above meeting can now be found on the Members Only section (password required). Click on Reports.
Same Date.........Same Train? by Ken Millward
These two photographs were taken on May 5th 1980 on the occasion of a family day trip to North Wales. Stopping off at Helsby to photograph the impressive semaphores, 40038 came by with a fully fitted empty ballast train (left). Two and a half hours later what appears to be the same working is seen from the town walls at Conwy. Because I cannot read the loco number in the second shot, it's impossible to be certain whether it is the same train....but it could be!
Trans - Pennine Express Test Working.
68 032 is photographed propelling the 09.38 Carlisle - Manchester International Depot empty stock trial working through Manchester Oxford Road station at 13.00 on the 24th January. This was booked to run Monday - Friday that week in an 'as required' path, which is included in the winter timetable, but was cancelled on two days.
Photo and information by Charlie Hulme.
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