• All aboard the Mid Cheshire Line Music Train

  • Entertainment continues at the pub

  • Homeward bound on a Mid Cheshire Line Music Train


8th May 2022

Music Trains are back in 2022 ....

We have a programme from May to October, starting with Chester to Plumley and the Golden Pheasant on Wednesday 25 May as part of national Community Rail Week. On Friday 10 June, the Music Train runs from Chester to the Angel in Knutsford as part of Knutsford Music Festival. Then from Wednesday 13 July and every month until October it runs from Chester to Plumley and the Golden Pheasant. Plus we will have a Music Train from Altrincham to Alexanders in Chester in August and lunchtime Music Trains for groups from Chester to the Railway Inn in Mobberley.

Although we can now run Music Trains again, COVID has not gone away and is still a risk. I know that some people will not want to travel for the time being. And it is always possible that train services might be affected by staff shortages. There is therefore a small possibility that a Music Train might have to be cancelled at short notice. In that case you would receive an email notification if you are on the mailing list and a note would be put on the Community Rail Partnership website and its social media accounts.

There is no charge for the Music Train, though there is a collection on the way back for the band and you will need a train ticket. There is music on the train both ways and at the pub. No need to book unless you are a group – just get into the rear carriage. Music Trains from Chester leave Chester at 19:00 and the return train arrives back in Chester at 23:15. You can also get on or off the train at the intermediate stations along the way.

You must buy your ticket from the platform ticket machine. At Chester you can also buy it from the ticket office. If there isn’t a ticket machine at your station or if the machine isn’t working then you can buy a ticket from the conductor on the train.

Wednesday 25 May – Chester to Plumley and at the Golden Pheasant

It’s the Deportees with a mix of old and recent songs from both sides of the Atlantic and Tom Durkin, bluegrass singer-songwriter. You'll hear songs to join in with, songs to make you think, songs to move you and songs to get you moving.

Friday 10 June – Chester to Knutsford and at the Angel

Nelson Peach - ‘The basis of our music is English Traditional, though we mix in contemporary folk and pop, and also some American versions of traditional songs’.

Wednesday 13 July – Cheshire to Plumley and at the Golden Pheasant

The Time Bandits, are musical time travellers, ‘raiding and pilfering over 500 years of musical material for a modern audience’. They mix Renaissance dance music with traditional folk tunes and songs - and their own compositions.

August to October

Dates to be confirmed – details in the next newsletter.

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 me 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 me to discuss arrangements and possible dates.

More information

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