Line News & Events

  • Cheshire Best Kept Stations

    5th February 2019

    Frodsham has won the Best Kept Gardens Award 2018 ....

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  • News from the Line

    31st October 2018

    News from Runcorn East and Helsby Stations ....

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  • Runcorn East Celebrations

    3rd October 2018

    Runcorn East Railway Station marks the station's 35th Opening Anniversary and an end of an era with ATW ....

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  • Latest NCRUG News

    1st October 2018

    Read the latest News from North Cheshire Rail Users Group ....

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  • Liverpool Here We Come

    10th June 2018

    Sunday 10th June was a significant milestone in the history of the North Cheshire Rail Users Group .... 

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  • Helsby Footbridge

    13th June 2018

    Helsby Footbridge works have started and two temporary footbridges are now in place ....

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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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