Hyde North station by Rept0n1x, 2013 (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)

Rose Hill Marple Rail Services Saved From Temporary Axe

People power helps to save important rail service that links Hyde with Marple

From the 14 September, rail passengers in Hyde, Woodley and Marple would have been left high and dry by temporary changes to their rail service. In just over a week’s time, there would have been no trains from Rose Hill Marple apart from a once weekly parliamentary service. This would have meant more traffic congestion, little scope for social distancing on alternative routes, and more finicky journeys.

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“The Next Train Will Not Be Calling At Un-Fairfield Station…”

Outrage as staffing issues sees cessation of train services at Tameside railway station

Prior to seeing its franchise being taken over by the Department for Transport’s Operator of Last Resort, Arriva’s Northern operation was noted for its staffing issues. Tameside’s rail passengers were at the sharpest end of Arriva’s staffing issues, as Stalybridge to Manchester Victoria trains were cancelled and replaced by buses.

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TfGM’s Prospectus For Rail: A Bold Vision to Boost GM Rail Journeys

How would Our Prospectus For Rail boost heavy rail and light rail journeys in Tameside?

Make no bones about it: Manchester is a UEFA Champions League city with EFL Division 2 rail services. In spite of Northern’s introduction of new trains on the Manchester Airport to Barrow-in-Furness route, it can do a lot better.

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Stalybridge Station: The Pride of Cheshire

Stalybridge station beats Crewe, Manchester Airport, and Chester railway stations in awards ceremony

Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar
The iconic Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar, as seen in January 2013.

A week after Stalybridge Celtic clocked up their first away win of the season (versus Alsager Town in the Cheshire Senior Cup), another Stalybridge institution enjoyed some success. One that is used by a million passengers a year.

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Marple Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

The first brass band concert of 2016 at the Saddleworth venue

It was a case of ‘on with the show’ as conductor Andrew White took to the stage at Boarshurst Band Club on the 31 January 2016. As well as traditional brass band pieces, Irving Berlin played a fair part in Marple Band’s repertoire.
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Inaugural Contest Success for Ashton-under-Lyne Brass Band

Darwen’s Debut on Contest Circuit Well Received

  • Excellent turnout and good weather at inaugural contest;
  • Successful afternoon all round for Ashton-under-Lyne, Hawk Green and Glossop Old Bands.

The first band of the afternoon: Parr (St. Helens). Pieces played: True and Trusted (Deportment March); O’Lord My God (Hymn); Irresistable (Contest March).

Ashton-under-Lyne Brass Band came out on top at Blackburn and Darwen Brass Band’s first hymn and march contest at the Circus on Sunday afternoon [13 September]. The Championship Section band received top honours on both the hymn and the contest march. Their Principal Cornet player also won the best soloist prize. Continue reading “Inaugural Contest Success for Ashton-under-Lyne Brass Band”

Great Little Trains of Cheshire

Narrow gauge and miniature railways past and present of a Cestrian nature

For many railway buffs, ‘Cheshire’ and ‘narrow gauge’ seldom feature in the same sentence. Throughout the 20th Century they were unsung heroes in the making of modern Cheshire. Towards the end of the 20th century they had all but vanished, with narrow gauge lines assuming post-industrial uses.

The most common narrow gauge in use was the two feet gauge. North West Water and its predecessors opted for 2′ over the 4′ 8″ gauge, being favourable for moving to and fro between treatment plants. It was also used by the Central Electricity Generating Board for a line opposite the 4′ 8″ Woodhead route.

In Cestrian railway history, the narrow and miniature gauge lines are overlooked in favour of the four foot permanent way. This article aims to right this wrong. (Please note, the definition of Cheshire in this piece refers to the pre-1974 county). Continue reading “Great Little Trains of Cheshire”

Trams-Lancs Express: The Next Generation Metrolink Project?

Calls for new circular line backed by MPs and councillors

Metrolink Circle Line diagram
A good idea? One wonders. I know for sure that Walkden Interchange should actually be Swinton Interchange, but the map is for diagrammatic purposes (So Ner!).

The Metrolink: the bane or joy of its 30 million or so passengers, is as much a Manchester icon as The Haçienda, Coronation Street, and Alan Turing. Its use of former BR lines and on-street sections is for many a suitable alternative to the car or the bus. Much of the system up to Phase 3B is complete. At this moment, a route to the Trafford Centre and a Stockport extension is next to follow. Continue reading “Trams-Lancs Express: The Next Generation Metrolink Project?”

On a Roll: Feast of the M60’s Best Barms and Marvellous Muffins

Feast of the M60 celebrates British Sandwich Week

The Earl of Sandwich has a lot to answer for; at a loss as to what snack he decides to have on his card table, he came up with this ingenious plan. Putting two slices of bread together between a filling, he creates a dish which enables him to play cards and eat at the same time. Continue reading “On a Roll: Feast of the M60’s Best Barms and Marvellous Muffins”

Go Cheapway… along the Etherow Valley

Marple, Glossop and Hyde: by bus and train

Only a short distance away from Hyde is the River Etherow. It forms the south-eastern boundary of Tameside, which is shares with Derbyshire County Council and High Peak Borough Council. On one side is Broadbottom, with Charlesworth on the other. Continue reading “Go Cheapway… along the Etherow Valley”