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  1. Cheshire Rover

    Ellesmere Port Docks Lines/Sidings

    Very interesting. As a child our family home backed onto the Helsby to Mouldsworth line and a lot of the Ellesmere Port freight headed up that way. I certainly remember the traffic from Stanlow and Vauxhalls passing the end of our garden and at times a lot of chemical freight, coal and stone...
  2. Cheshire Rover

    Disused lines with cycle paths

    Chester Greenway - Mickle Trafford to Shotton
  3. Cheshire Rover

    Stations to avoid and why

    Avoid Helsby if you are a person of reduced mobility. You can only access Platform 1 without having to resort to the footbridge. No lifts or barrow crossings. No station toilets. That said it is a pleasant place to be and there is a nice tap room open from Thursday to Sunday.
  4. Cheshire Rover

    Halton Curve upgrade is on

    I was on the 0938 from Helsby. Very quiet.
  5. Cheshire Rover

    Halton Curve upgrade is on

    I travelled on a 158 both ways today.
  6. Cheshire Rover

    Unusual amenities at stations

    C Crikey, I only used it a few weeks ago....
  7. Cheshire Rover

    Unusual amenities at stations

    Pet shop at Frodsham.
  8. Cheshire Rover

    Halton Curve upgrade is on

    I’d imagine it is busy this morning as an alternative route to Crewe via Runcorn.
  9. Cheshire Rover

    Halton Curve upgrade is on

    A bit of freight heading up and down during the Acton Grange work. Log trains to Chirk and sand trains to Encirc at Elton are both traversing the curve.
  10. Cheshire Rover

    How would you Rate your Local Station?

    My local: Helsby Setting: Located in the village centre. View out towards Frodsham marshes overlooking the Growhow fertilizer plant and a wind farm. (5/10) Architecture: Pleasant Victorian buildings. Old ticket office and waiting room converted to a Beer Tap Room open Thursday to Sunday...
  11. Cheshire Rover

    Halton Curve upgrade is on

    I expect demand has been quite high today on the TFW service?
  12. Cheshire Rover

    Newton-le-Willows

    I could be wrong but isn't Newton classed as a major park and ride? There is a large (fee I believe) car park adjacent to the station facilitating commuters etc that couldn't have been constructed at Earlestown.
  13. Cheshire Rover

    Halton Curve upgrade is on

    Not sure, but I have picked up this picture off the Helsby Memories Facebook page with the last service from Liverpool to Chester on May 5th 1975 waiting at Runcorn.
  14. Cheshire Rover

    Halton Curve upgrade is on

    All spaces gone after 0721 and that is with the single Manchester service with TFW, never mind the Liverpool and the Leeds services starting soon. Glad I am in walking distance.
  15. Cheshire Rover

    Halton Curve upgrade is on

    It was extended by about 10 or so spaces on some land that was used by Network Rail as a site for the recent footbridge overhaul. No sign of a multi storey and with the local council about to start charging to use the car park at the top of Station Avenue it could get messy in the streets...
  16. Cheshire Rover

    Halton Curve upgrade is on

    If you consider from Frodsham or Helsby it would cost you a fiver in petrol and a minimum of £3.80 for a return crossing on the new bridge, a £30 per week commute cost isn't bad at all.
  17. Cheshire Rover

    Halton Curve upgrade is on

    Apologies. It is a summary of the new fares. Perhaps better if I post them to the Fares forum. All prices from Helsby. SDR £7.50. CDR £6.00 Single £5.90
  18. Cheshire Rover

    Halton Curve upgrade is on

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/46593205645/permalink/10161678725185646/ This has been posted to the NCRUG Facebook page this afternoon.
  19. Cheshire Rover

    Halton Curve upgrade is on

    It is a Class 150 on the route learning runs today. The Liverpool Echo is reporting that a review is taking place that could result in Ditton Station being reopened. https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/disused-railway-station-near-mersey-15903651
  20. Cheshire Rover

    Halton Curve upgrade is on

    Looks to be several runs from Chester to Lime Street and return this week.

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