7th July 2011

On Thursday 7 July 2011 Geoff Higginbottom and Rob Carroll are playing and singing on the Afternoon Music Train from Chester and at the Golden Pheasant pub in Plumley.

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

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) 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). 

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. 

You can see a selection of their dishes in their Lunchtime Menu.

Train Times and Tickets 

Train times from Chester to Plumley:       Chester 12:07, Mouldsworth 12:18, Delamere 12:23, Cuddington 12:27, Greenbank 12:32, Northwich 12:37, Lostock Gralam 12:40, Plumley 12:43 

Train times from Plumley to Chester:   Plumley 15:03, Lostock Gralam 15:07, Northwich 15:12, Greenbank 15:17, Cuddington 15:22, Delamere 15:26, Mouldsworth 15:31, Chester 15:45 

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 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 from Chester to Plumley in 2011.  The next evening Music Train from Chester to Plumley is on Thursday 13 July with the Time Bandits - leaving Chester at 19:07. And in August we have an evening Music Train, with Dr Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band, from Altrincham to Chester to hear Jazz at Alexanders.

Click here for the full 2011 Programme  

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


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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