Line News & Events

  • Halton Curve Project

    18th November 2017

    Work is continuing on the Halton Curve Project ....

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  • Waiting for the Workers, Winter 1936

    6th September 2017

    Helsby and Alvanley railway station has been brought back to life by Nick Harling ....

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  • John Hobbs

    7th September 2017

    It is with great sadness that the North Cheshire Rail Users Group must report the death of John Hobbs ....

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  • John Hobbs - a true gent

    27th July 2017

    NCRUG recognise John Hobbs - a true gent ....

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  • News from NCRUG

    30th July 2017

    NCRUG report on the Parliamentary Train and confirm they are now on Facebook ....

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  • News from NCRUG

    19th July 2017

    Here is the latest news from the North Cheshire Rail Users Group ....

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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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