1st June 2011

The Dave Roberts Quartet pay homage to jazz legends at Alexander's Café Bar in Chester every month.  On 1 June a Mid Cheshire Music Train will take you to hear them - with music on the train to Chester, taxis arranged to and from Alexander’s, ‘sausage and mash’ as you listen and more music on the train on the way back.

The Dave Roberts Quartet is a mainstream/modern jazz ensemble with a huge repertoire of jazz standards.  The emphasis is on accessible, swinging jazz; the songs are a mix of swing, latin, blues and funk.  Each evening features songs associated with a famous musician or by a well-known composer.  Tributes so far have included Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Jerome Kern. 

Geoff Higginbottom and Rob Carroll will play on the train.  They play 6 & 12 string guitars and bodhran as well as singing both traditional and contemporary songs.  Geoff's powerful voice is ideal for the chorus songs he loves and his act is spiced with a delightful sense of humour.   

How it works – book the package – and a train ticket 

The Music Train is arranged by the Mid-Cheshire Community Rail Partnership with Alexander’s Café Bar.  You will need a ticket (£9.45 + 55p booking fee) for the package from Alexander’s, bought through their website, as well as your ticket for the train journey, bought in the usual way from a ticket office or the conductor on the train.  On the way to Chester the music on the train starts at Knutsford, on the way back it continues to Altrincham. 

Alexanders website is at .  Look for the Music Train in their June music listings and book the package online.    

Train Times and Tickets 

Train times to Chester:        Manchester Piccadilly 18:17, Stockport 18:30, Navigation Road 18:44, Altrincham 18:46, Hale 18:49, Ashley 18:52, Mobberley 18:55, Knutsford 18:59, Plumley 19:03, Lostock Gralam 19:07, Northwich 19:12, Greenbank 19:17, Cuddington 19:22, Delamere 19:26, Mouldsworth 19:31  

Return train times from Chester   Chester 22:44, Mouldsworth 22:55, Delamere 23:00, Cuddington 23:04, Greenbank 23:09, Northwich 23:13, Lostock Gralam 23:16, Plumley 23:20, Knutsford 23:25, Mobberley 23:29, Ashley 23:32, Hale 23:35, Altrincham 23:40, Navigation Road 23:42, Stockport 00:02, Manchester Piccadilly 00:18    

Example fares from Knutsford Cheap day return   £9.20; Northern Duo (two people travelling together) £6.90 each; with Railcard £6.10.

The Mid Cheshire 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.   

More Music Trains

We have a full programme of evening and afternoon Music Trains on the Mid Cheshire Line in 2011.  The next evening Music Train from Chester to Plumley is on Thursday 15 June with Nelson Peach. And on 7 July we have an afternoon Music Train, with Geoff Higginbottom and Rob Carroll, from Chester to Plumley. 

Details can be found by returning to this website.


Michael Ross, Music Trains organiser for the Mid-Cheshire Community Rail Partnership –

Click here to print details of this Music Train 


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