Line News & Events

  • Spring 2022 Newsletter

    The North Cheshire Rail Users Group have published their Spring 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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  • The Early Days of NCRUG

    23rd May 2019

    A look back at the early days NCRUG and its first chairman ....

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Surprise Steam News

4th September 2016

A surprise Steam visitor came to Helsby on Sunday 21st August when the retimed and rerouted "North Wales Coast Express" called at Helsby to take water.

The day was full of problems for the operators as the loco ran short of water and had to stop near the old Vulcan Halt near Winwick Junction, north of Warrington to receive an emergency water supply from a Fire Engine which was called to assist.

The locomotive was removed at Chester and returned directly to its home base at Carnforth much later in the day.

The tour was diesel hauled to Holyhead.

The tour was repeated  again on Sunday 4th September but a change of plan by the operators, following the water shortage the on the 21st August, the train ran non stop through Helsby, with diesel traction, in the morning, and called in the evening at 21.24.

The steam locomotive passed through at 22.29 on its way back to Carnforth.

Images show previous visit of steam to Helsby on 21st August 2016 ... which all went to plan!


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