Archive for July, 2016


Stephenson Locomotive Society talks

July 30, 2016


The Stephenson Locomotive Society are hosting a series of railway related talks and presentations through autumn and winter

Further information may be obtained from the Manchester Centre Secretary, Alasdair Renfrew: Tel. 0161-973-1165 or e-mail:

Saturday 1 October 2016, 1400hrs at The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
‘Railway chat’: a debate led by Nigel Harris and Christian Wolmar to celebrate 21 years of writing for RAIL magazine.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 1830 hrs at the Museum of Science & Industry, Liverpool Rd, Manchester, M3 4FP
Joint meeting with the Newcomen Society, North Western Branch
Dr Michael Bailey, M.B.E., SLS President   ‘Brunel’s Fan: His Locomotive Draught Experiments of 1840/41’.

Saturday 5 November 2016, 1400hrs at The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, ManchesterM2 5NS
Michael Norris
‘Railways around Preston’ 
An illustrated talk on the history of the railways around the town and the development of the various stations, including the current Preston station.

Saturday 3 December 2016, 1400hrs at The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, ManchesterM2 5NS
Steve Fort
’60 years of railways in Lancashire’
The show will look at the changing railway scene within Lancashire, using the old pre-1974 County boundaries as a guide, featuring images from the 1950s up to the present day.

Tuesday 10 January 2017 at 1400 hrs at Sale United Reformed Church lounge, Montague Road, Sale M33 3BU, close to Sale tram stop and buses
Hotpot lunch (& quiz) – donations in aid of the ‘Railway Children’ charity
Notification of attendance is essential for catering. Please notify Alasdair Renfrew (contact details below) by 5th January.

*Saturday 21 January 2017, 1400hrs at The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, ManchesterM2 5NS
Area AGM (brief) followed by:
Alan Coltman
‘My First 12 years as a ‘Tour Manager’ with Great Rail Journeys’
Alan’s work as a Tour Manager has allowed him to travel the world, see magnificent scenery, meet interesting people and experience various forms of rail travel.

*Saturday 18 February 2017, 1400hrs at The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, ManchesterM2 5NS
Dr Angus McDougall

‘An enthusiast remembers more’

Angus will again be offering a talk, illustrated from his wide-ranging slide collection and drawing on his extensive railway travels.
Saturday 18 March 2017, 1400hrs at The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
Frank Watson
‘Knotted handkerchief to bowler hat’
A railway career from ‘bar-ladding’ to temporary footplate inspector (royal trains and last steam specials, including 1T57).

Tuesday 11 April 2017, 1930hrs at LMRCA Railway Club, 127 Navigation Road, Altrincham, adjacent to Navigation Road station, WA14 1LJ (Northern & Metrolink)
Ted Buckley
‘Navigation Road and All That…’
Ted presents a selection of his late Father Bill’s unpublished 1960s photos, including Navigation Road itself, the Cheshire Lines and the ‘Lymm Line’, together with a few holiday photos.

* If Alan Coltman is required for a Great Rail Journeys tour on 21 January 2017, meeting dates may be exchanged.


“VH2” Walkden circular bus service launched

July 25, 2016

A minibus operated by Diamond Buses has recently started running a circular route linking Walkden station with the town centre and Hilton Lane.

At first the service was not well-publicised but full details are now available from the TfGM bus timetable library.

The service is provided as part of the Burgess Farm planning permission and will run for 5 years.

Reflecting the bus’ primary purpose of serving commuters on the new housing estate, from 7am until noon it runs in anti-clockwise from Hilton Lane to the station and town centre. After noon the direction of travel is reversed.

Fares are:

  • Adult: 50p Single or £1 Day Return
  • Under 16’s: 25p Single or 50p Day Return

VH2 route

(route map copyright TfGM)

VH2 timetable


Northern’s new fault reporting service

July 11, 2016

Did you know that a new online fault reporting service has been set up by Northern ?

To report a fault with a station or train, or complain about a poor journey experience, head to Northern fault reporting online

At FoWS we have already used the service to get the weeds cleared off the platform and were pleased the job was done in a matter of days. Next we’ll see if we can get something done about the state of the walls which the last few station managers have failed to address …



Next FoWS meeting – 20th July

July 11, 2016

The next meeting of FoWS will be held next Wednesday 20th July starting at 7.30pm in Walkden Legion Club, on Wilfred Road, a few minutes walk from the station.

Come along to hear all the latest news and updates on …

  • plans for a station car park
  • an art project for the station
  • Northern’s community rail plans
  • and much more

We hold meetings every 2 months, and we welcome anyone with an interest in the station or our work.


Walkden de Janeiro is ON

July 9, 2016


The wonderful people from Walkden Community, undeterred by this morning’s wet weather, have been busy setting up and the Walkden de Janeiro festival is underway at Parr Fold Park today and tomorrow.

There are loads of attractions and entertainments so get on down to enjoy some of the amazing things Walkden has to offer !


Ordsall Chord and Northern Hub info

July 2, 2016

If you’ve heard talk of the “Ordsall Chord” and “Northern Hub” plans for our local railway network and wondered what it’s about you may be interested in some videos from Network Rail explaining the Network Rail video of recent works at Victoria and showing a computer generated “fly-through” of the extra platforms and tracks that will be added between Piccadilly and Oxford Road.

While good for the wider region there is still uncertainty whether local services will be net winners or losers from the project … direct trains between Victoria and Piccadilly will no doubt be a boon to passengers travelling south with luggage, but it seems unlikely Walkden will gain direct services to Piccadilly (the new track will be busy with trains coming in from further afield) and we may see more congestion getting into and out of the Salford area as more trains pass through.

FoWS are campaigning for local interests to be protected by TfGM and Northern when the Ordsall Chord is opened.