Line News & Events

  • Winter Newsletter

    7th February 2018

    NCRUG have published their latest newsletter for Winter 2018 ....

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  • Halton Curve Upgrade

    2nd February 2018

    The next stage of the Halton Curve upgrade gets underway .....

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  • Cheshire Best Kept Stations

    23rd January 2018

    Frodsham is Cheshire's Best Kept Station 2017 ....

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  • 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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Great Western Electrification

10th November 2016

The Government has deferred part of the Great Western Electrification scheme.

See the link below:
With the "Northern Powerhouse" in mind what future for electrification schemes in the North West and North Wales Warrington/Chester/Crewe/Holyhead being accomplished when high profile projects such as this are deferred and buried in the news pages due to the US Presidential elections.

The deferring of the scheme will lead to rolling stock cascades not being deliverable.

This will impact on rolling stock available across the country but especially in the North West and Wales.

The current rolling stock fleet is already older than it has been at any time since privatisation.

Whilst some fleets on order can be hauled by diesel locomotives the overall journey times will not increase significantly until electrification is accomplished.

Watch out for more bad news to come!


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