Line News & Events

  • Beyond Ellesmere Port

    3rd June 2024

    A long-term vision for a ‘metro’ styled service around the Mersey Basin …

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  • Summer 2023 Newsletter

    The North Cheshire Rail Users Group have published their Summer  Newsletter ....

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  • Halton Curve Campaign

    29th February 2020

    The North Cheshire Rail Users Group was last night officially recognised for 30 years hard work ....

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  • Frodsham Footbridge Project

    8th December 2019

    A temporary scaffold footbridge will now NOT be provided at Frodsham ....

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  • Castle Park Semaphore Signal Unveiling

    1st June 2019

    30 years of campaigning officially came to an end today on Saturday 1st June as two semaphore signals were unveiled in Castle Park .....

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  • The Halton Curve

    19th May 2019

    The Halton curve finally opened on 19th May 2019 ....

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First Train

19th June 2016

The Branch Line Society's "Branch Line News" magazine report in their issue of 18th June that:

"A test train of bottom unloading sand wagons from Middleton Towers arrived, that morning, returning to Arpley Sidings at 13.30.

The new private siding branches off at the start (Map Ref:- SJ4758 7560) of the retained but Out of Use branch to 'CF Fertilisers' (previously Keimira, UK and originally Shellstar Fertilisers).

The new single line runs northwest moving away from the Down Hooton Line then west paralleling it, becoming twin track in the terminal.

It ends just before an internal road at the glass works.

The rail terminal, originally due to open to goods traffic in November 2011, was a planning consent requirement when Quinn Glass obtained retrospective permission in 2009 for the plant (actually constructed in 2005)."
The signalling was completed earlier this year and NCRUG have been waiting patiently for traffic to commence - lets us hope it begins soon!


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