‘Bridge Bi-Mode Breakthrough

Class 769 bi-mode trains reach Stalybridge

At 1714, arriving three years and nine minutes late on Platform 5 at Stalybridge station was the 1531 train from Southport to Stalybridge. Though the journey itself seems far from headline-grabbing, the kind of rolling stock and its delay is even more so.

Instead of the usual Class 150 Sprinter unit, the 1531 was operated by 769 442. The four-car unit is one of eight Northern trains that are bi-mode units.

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Northern and Merseyrail Electrics Rail Strike Update: 03 March 2018

News of the latest Arriva Rail North and Merseyrail Electrics strike this Saturday

Once again, Arriva Rail North and Merseyrail Electrics staff will be taking industrial action. This shall take place on the 03 March 2018.

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Northern and Merseyrail Electrics Rail Strike Update: Three January Dates

News of the latest Arriva Rail North and Merseyrail Electrics strike dates

Following on from last year’s strikes, the first normal working week of 2018 will see three rail strikes in Northern England. As well as Northern’s dispute, Merseyrail Electrics staff will also be striking on the same days.

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Transpennine Express Service Boost for Stalybridge

New timetable sees three trains per hour to West Yorkshire

Stalybridge Station and Class 185

From the 18 May, there will be more Yorkshire bound trains from Stalybridge railway station. The new timetable will not only see the retention of its service to Scarborough and Liverpool Lime Street. Stalybridge will also be an additional stop on the Manchester Piccadilly to Hull Paragon service. Therefore, including the all stations service to Huddersfield, there will be three trains per hour to Huddersfield. Services to Leeds and Manchester Piccadilly will be every half hour. Continue reading “Transpennine Express Service Boost for Stalybridge”

Lost Roller Coasters of the North West: The Not So Perfect Ten

A toast to absent gravity rides hitherto based in North West England

If you have children, no term time holiday is complete without the odd trip to a theme park or fairground. Sometimes we are likely to drive to Alton Towers or board a coach trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Sometimes, a travelling fairground may be erected closer to home for a week, with one example over the Easter Holidays being the Good Friday fair at Daisy Nook, between Ashton and Failsworth (buses: 168, 169 and 231 from Ashton-under-Lyne to Newmarket Road then a short walk down Stannybrook Road). Continue reading “Lost Roller Coasters of the North West: The Not So Perfect Ten”