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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

Wednesday 23rd May:  Steam Sheds Revisited - Part 1.  A presentation by John Sloane.

Friday 1st June:  Diverted - Leeds to Swinton (Yorks) via Selby, York and Pontefract (Baghill) - Mainly Freight 1973-2016.  Another slide presentation by Phil Lockwood and Enid Vincent.

Wednesday 6th June:  John Hilton - My 1957 - Part 8.  Paul Shackcloth presents a show dedicated to our member John Hilton who has recently moved back to South Africa.

Friday 15th June:  Scotland - Part 1.  A slide show by Alf Storey featuring lines in SW Scotland in particular.

Friday 6th July:  The North in the 1990s.  Colour slides by Lee Sandford.

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Stephenson Locomotive Society

Manchester Model Railway Society

North Wales Coast Railway

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Committee Meeting Minutes - May 2018

The minutes of the Committee Meeting held on Thursday 10th May can now be found in the Members Only section (password required) and then searching Reports.

Stockport Community Rail Festival

A selection of images of the successful and well attended Festival held on Saturday 5th May at Stockport Station.

The Mayor of Stockport, Linda Holt and her consort Kenneth Holt, are pictured along with MLS archivist Dave Nixon at the Manchester Locomotive Society headquarters during the Community Rail Festival.

News Items for the May Mancunian 
from Andrew Macfarlane

On Saturday 26th May the Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society is running a coach trip from Stockport, Sale, Altrincham and Knutsford to the Steam Gala at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Eight locos will be steam and working trains including 6023 King Edward II, the first time that a King class loco has run on the line in preservation. The Gala is entitled “Return to Broadway” and celebrates the reopening to that station from 30th March. Each passenger will have a Day Rover ticket giving unlimited travel on the line. The all-inclusive fare is £45 (£43 for AERPS members) and MLS members are welcome. The coach starts from Shaw Heath (on the Edgeley side of Stockport station at the top of the approach road) at 07.40 and then picks up at Sale (across the road from the former Odeon) 07.55, Altrincham (lay by across the road from Rackhams) 08.05 and Knutsford (on Northwich Road across the road from the former Conservative Club) 08.20. The coach will park adjacent to Cheltenham Racecourse station and return from there at 18.00. Full details and booking forms are available from Andrew Macfarlane on 0161 928 9394 or by email to          

On Wednesday 21st March Northern confirmed their plans for the May 2018 timetable. 
The detail is: The off peak extra services from Manchester Piccadilly to Greenbank and from Blackpool North to Macclesfield have been deferred until December. So these lines remain at one train per hour for now. Sunday services on the Chester and Stoke routes are also to remain at current levels until December which is disappointing as this can't be blamed on electrification delays or lack of rolling stock. Instead of running Blackpool North to Macclesfield on weekdays they will run a diesel Preston to Manchester Piccadilly service via Bolton.

The Manchester Piccadilly to Sheffield local service becomes hourly from May and the Piccadilly to Buxton service goes to two trains per hour each way from May. There will 3 trains per hour between Hazel Grove and Piccadilly. Preston to Ormskirk becomes hourly from May.
There will be an hourly Manchester Airport to Blackpool North EMU service via Wigan North Western operated by class 319 units from May (the TransPennine Express Manchester Airport to Glasgow/Edinburgh service will no longer call at Manchester Oxford Road or Wigan from May). 
As expected the local service from Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly via Manchester Airport is extended to Liverpool Lime Street via Chat Moss operated by class 323s from May.

The Alderley Edge to Manchester Piccadilly service via Stockport is extended to Wigan via Bolton from May. An express service from Manchester Airport to Liverpool Lime Street via Warrington starts in May, to replace the TPE Liverpool-Scarborough service which is diverted via Manchester Victoria. Wigan to Manchester Victoria via Atherton is to be 3 trains per hour from May rather than the proposed 4 trains per hour. Evening services at Moses Gate, Farnworth and Kearsley are confirmed from May. One of the Calder Valley services each hour from Leeds is extended beyond Manchester Victoria to Southport from May. The planned new Leeds-Manchester Victoria-Warrington-Chester service has been deferred until December, as has the extension of the Leeds-Bradford-Victoria-Oxford Road service to Manchester Airport.  All local trains from Manchester Victoria towards Stalybridge will terminate at Stalybridge from May with Mossley and Greenfield served by skip stops in TransPennine services.      

The planned Leeds to Lancaster/Carlisle, York to Hull, Leeds to Wakefield & Knottingley enhancements are all starting in May.

Ashton Moss North Junction signal box, an L & Y structure of 1911 containing its original frame, will close after the last train on Friday 13th April.   

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.


Class 319s expand their range - report by Charlie Hulme

Photo: Charlie Hulme

The Class 319 EMUs being drafted in to Northern from the
London area have been working various services including
the Manchester Victoria - Liverpool via Eccles stopping trains,
the Liverpool to Manchester Airport service and the Manchester
Piccadilly to Manchester Airport shuttles for some time,
but in spring 2018 they have begun to appear at Stockport,
one each weekday being allocated to a Manchester Piccadilly -
Alderley Edge/Crewe diagram in place of a 323.

In a surprise one-off change on Saturday 10 March, the
319-worked service from Victoria was diverted to run from Hazel
Grove, due to engineering work, bringing the 319s to
Hazel Grove for the first time.

The Alderley Edge diagram is as follows:

5H43 0643 Stockport CMD to Alderley Edge ECS
2H43 0730 Alderley Edge to Manchester Piccadilly
2K49 0804 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe
5H47 0916 Crewe to Alderley Edge ECS
2H47 0949 Alderley Edge to Manchester Piccadilly
2K37 1038 Manchester Piccadilly to Alderley Edge
2H41 1150 Alderley Edge to Manchester Piccadilly
2K42 1238 Manchester Piccadilly to Alderley Edge
2H43 1350 Alderley Edge to Manchester Piccadilly
2K46 1438 Manchester Piccadilly to Alderley Edge
2H47 1550 Alderley Edge to Manchester Piccadilly
2K30 1637 Manchester Piccadilly to Alderley Edge
2H41 1750 Alderley Edge to Manchester Piccadilly
2K36 1838 Manchester Piccadilly to Alderley Edge
5K38 1920 Alderley Edge to Manchester Piccadilly ECS
2K38 2004 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe
5H29 2108 Crewe to Crewe ECS (via Crewe C.E.T. Sidings)
2H44 2145 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly
2K41 2304 Manchester Piccadilly to Alderley Edge
5H28 2345 Alderley Edge to Stockport CMD ECS

The four-car Class 319s are capable of operation on third-rail
as well as 25kV overhead electrification, as they were originally
designed for use on the Thameslink service connecting lines
north and south of London. Structurally they have much in common
with the Class 150 DMUs which they now appear alongside on Northern.
They are powered by four 750V DC motors, driving all axles of
one intermediate coach - in which the charactertic whine
of the motors can be heard. The doors in the cab ends
were required for emergency use in the single-track tunnels
of the Thameslink line.

Steam Returns to Hindlow.

On Saturday March 17th the Railway Touring Company ran the 'High Peak Explorer' from Carnforth to Buxton and Hindlow.  These photographs were taken by John Tate at Dukes Drive Viaduct in Buxton.

Photo:John Tate

The outward journey, headed by Black 5 No 45157.

Photo:John Tate

Jubilee No 45690 'Leander' assists at the rear.

Photo:Charlie Hulme.

The weather changed significantly for the return journey.  The special is seen passing through Davenport watched by some hardy locals!

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

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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