• All aboard the Mid Cheshire Line Music Train

  • Entertainment continues at the pub

  • Homeward bound on a Mid Cheshire Line Music Train


The Music Train season for 2017 has finished but here is a review of our successful season .....

The Music Train season for 2017 finished on 2nd November 2017 with a daytime Music Train from Chester to Mobberley by Nelson Peach for Chester U3A.

This year has been the busiest and most popular season since we started in 2008.

We arranged 18 Music Trains compared with 14 in 2016.

In total 810 people travelled on them (2016 – 647) generating around £6,000 of potential revenue for the railway, about 30% more than in 2016.

Ten Music Trains were advertised for everyone and eight were arranged for groups. Unfortunately we also had to cancel one because of a strike.

Ten groups and performers returned from previous years – Time Bandits, Steerage Class, Full House, the Murray Quartet, Marts ManJazz3, Nelson Peach, Deportees, Mossley Hill Grasshoppers and Geoff Higginbottom.

Their music ranged across pop, renaissance, bluegrass, country, classical, jazz and folk (from both sides of the Atlantic).

Our programme was extended even further with four new groups - jazz from Loose Change, sea shanties from Port Sunlight Sea Dogs, country, folk and rock from Espionage and blues from the Terry Burgin Blues Band.

Our venues were the newly refurbished Golden Pheasant at Plumley (who on one evening coped cheerfully with over 80 of us arriving at once), the Railway Inn at Mobberley (who offered a warm welcome to our new venture of daytime Music Trains for groups) and Alexanders in Chester (where food, music and staff created a great atmosphere).

The 2016 Music Train programme was shortlisted for an ACORP Award in the ‘Best Community Engagement Event’ category, although it did not make it into the final three.

Thanks to the musicians, the train conductors, the venues, the on-train hosts – and to you, the audience - for coming along and helping to make the Music Trains such popular and enjoyable events – and for your singing - and even your dancing!

Next year

Music Trains will start again in April 2018 – details of the first part of the programme will be avalable next March and on this website.

At there moment we plan to run Music Trains open to all and for groups from Chester to the Golden Pheasant in Plumley and from Altrincham to Alexanders in Chester.  Also, just for groups, from Chester to the Railway Inn in Mobberley.

If you would like to arrange a Music train for your group of 30 or more people please get in touch.

More Music Train details

Watch this website for further details or contact musictrains@midcheshirerail.org.uk

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