Line News & Events

  • 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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  • Winter Newsletter

    7th February 2018

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

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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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