The shape of our programme to October is now clear and numbers are returning to their normal levels. We will have four extra Music Trains in September and October for groups, as well as the four that will be open to everyone. One group’s Music Train will be a daytime train from Chester to Mobberley and another group’s will be a daytime train from Chester to Plumley. There will also be evening Music Trains for groups from Hale to Mouldsworth and from Delamere to Plumley.
MORE MUSIC TRAINS – Programme of Music Trains in
From Chester to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley
(departing from Chester at 18:56 and returning to Chester at 22:38)
Wednesday 11 October with Time Bandits Click here
From Altrincham to Alexander’s in Chester
(departing from Altrincham at 18:36 and returning to Altrincham at 23:54)
Thursday 7 September with Beer Garden Blues Band on the train and So What Now! at Alexander’s.
From Altrincham to the Goshawk at Mouldsworth
(departing from Altrincham at 18:36 and returning to Altrincham at 22:58)
Thursday 5 October with Nelson Peach
This is a new venture for us. Nelson Peach will be playing on the train both ways and at the Goshawk. More details in August.
Disruptions to rail services
At the time of writing no disruptions to normal services are expected on the dates of our Music Trains. We should get about a fortnight’s warning If there are going to be disruptions – then we would have to cancel. Any cancellations will be announced through our newsletter, on the noticeboards at stations, on our web page, on our Twitter feed and on our Facebook page – @MidCheshire CRP
How Music Trains work
There is music on the train both ways and at the destination. The music is usually in the second car of a four-car train or the rear car of a two-car train. You can get on or off the train at the intermediate stations along the way. There will be signs on the windows to show you the carriage with the music.
There is a collection on the way back for the band and you will need a train ticket. See below about group bookings. You should have a ticket when you board the train, otherwise you risk being charged a penalty fare. You buy your ticket from the platform ticket machine or a ticket office or online. Only if there isn’t a ticket machine at your station or if the machine isn’t working can you buy a ticket from the conductor on the train.
Groups on Music Trains
Groups are very welcome to join the Music Trains.
If you plan to bring a group of 8 or more people on a Music Train from Chester to Plumley or Knutsford, please contact the CRP, using our contact page, in advance about your plans so that we can agree a date or dates. That way we can avoid having too many groups on one evening.
If you plan to bring a group on the Music Trains from Altrincham to Alexanders in Chester then just go ahead and book online with Alexanders. There is a maximum of 45 places available.
We are happy to arrange extra Music Trains for groups of 30 or more people on weekdays. They can be in the daytime or in the evening. The costs are the train ticket and a contribution to the band’s fee – there is no extra charge for arranging the Music Train. Contact via our contact page to discuss arrangements and possible dates.
Music Trains are arranged on behalf of the Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership to promote the Mid Cheshire Line.
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