APRIL MUSIC TRAIN FROM CHESTER TO PLUMLEY

13th April 2011

On 13 April, the Time Bandits, Full House and the Hat Show Band are playing and singing on the Music Train from Chester and at the Golden Pheasant pub in Plumley.  They are promoting Chester Folk Festival - to be held at Kelsall from Friday 27 May to Monday 30 May. 

The Music Train uses one of the regular hourly services on the Mid Cheshire line.  There is no charge for the event - just the price of your ordinary train ticket.  Your 'admission' is the train fare.  Other than drinks and food at the pub, there is nothing else to pay – though there is a collection for the musicians at the end.  

How it works 

The Music Train is arranged by the Mid-Cheshire Community Rail Partnership.  The band plays on the train from Chester – we take over a carriage.  At Plumley everyone alights to visit The Golden Pheasant for drinks and good food – and there is a further session from the band.  

Chester Station is accessible.  Parking on the station car parks costs £5.20.  Parking outside the Queen Hotel and on City Road is free after 18:00.

Plumley Station is accessible.  The walk to the pub is 150m.  The footway alongside the road from the station to the pub is narrow and not continuous, with poor visibility over the railway bridge.  The pub is fully accessible.  

The Pub 

The Golden Pheasant is a traditional pub in the heart of rural Cheshire serving fresh, quality food and well-kept J W Lees’s real ales.  In 2010 it won the brewery’s ‘Food Pub of the Year’ award.  It is close to the station (it was originally the Railway Inn) and has been refurbished by its new management. 

It is a popular dining venue with an attractive beamed interior.  The pub serves traditional bar food alongside some great homemade dishes all day from 11:30 until 21:30 (from 12:00 until 19:45 on Sundays). 

Click here for the Music Train Menu

The normal menu is extensive and runs alongside a fantastic selection of regularly changing blackboard specials (which use the best of seasonal local produce) to choose from. 

Train Times and Tickets 

Train times from Chester to Plumley: Chester 19:07, Mouldsworth 19:18, Delamere 19:23, Cuddington 19:27, Greenbank 19:32, Northwich 19:37, Lostock Gralam 19:40, Plumley 19:43 

Train times from Plumley to Chester:  Plumley 22:03, Lostock Gralam 22:07, Northwich 22:12, Greenbank 22:17, Cuddington 22:22, Delamere 22:26, Mouldsworth 22:31, Chester 22:45 

Buy your ticket from Chester at the station: Off-Peak Day Return £9.00 (with Railcard £5.95) or Northern Duo (two people travelling together) £6.75 each. 

At other stations just board the train and buy your ticket from the conductor.  

Example fares from Cuddington: Cheap day return £4.90; Northern Duo (two people travelling together) £3.65 each; with Railcard £3.25. 

The Mid Cheshire Railway Line is operated by Northern Rail and provides rail links to the national rail network at Manchester, Chester and Stockport and with the Metrolink Tram network at Altrincham. 

Music Trains in 2011 

This is the second of a full programme of Music Trains on the Line – from Chester to Plumley in daytime and evenings and from Altrincham to Chester in the evenings for jazz at Alexanders. 

Click here for the full programme  

North Eastern Express -  Saturday 7 May

MCRUA is running an excursion from the Mid Cheshire Line to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle. 

Click here for details

National Community Rail Day - 19th March 2011

National Community Rail Day celebrates community rail and our local railway lines that form part of the larger national rail network.

On the 19th March the Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership will be on Knutsford station promoting the line between 10am & 3pm, talking to people about all the excellent places along the line and offering passengers a taste of Cheshire apple juice from Willington Fruit Farm.

More news

For news of events on the Line see the Partnership’s website on www.midcheshirerail.org.uk or contact the Music Trains Organiser to subscribe to the mailing list at musictrains@midcheshire.org.uk

Contacts 

Michael Ross, Music Trains organiser for the Mid-Cheshire Community Rail Partnership – musictrains@midcheshirerail.org.uk

Click here to print details of this Music Train

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