Wednesday 31 January 2018


Photo: The Branch Line Society

The Sandbach-Middlewich-Northwich railway line is no stranger to special charter trains, usually designed to give railway buffs a chance to travel on routes not normally used by regular passenger trains. 
One such train, organised by the Branch Line Society, is running on the 14th June and once again gives people a chance to travel on our local line and to take some memorable photographs of the route before the now inevitable day when it is upgraded for regular passenger use.

Here are the full details, courtesy of the Branch Line Society....

The Branch Line Society is delighted to announce an exciting loco hauled charter train in conjunction with Railway Children, operated by Direct Rail Services (DRS), traversing unusual lines in the North West, with a leg stretch break and photo stop at Reddish South! The train will have five First Class open coaches available for passenger use and will be hauled by three DRS Class 37s operating (2+1) in top 'n tail formation, subject to availability. As usual, there will be an on train raffle with proceeds donated to Railway Children. There will be a buffet service of hot / cold drinks and light snacks, and the opportunity to purchase hot breakfast rolls. Note that the service terminates at Crewe. All bookings via the Branch Line Society (link below). The train is strictly limited to a maximum of 210 passengers.

Our ROUTE, validated and bid to Network Rail, is as follows:

Stafford P1 08.30 (PU) - Dn Slow - Basford Hall Dn Fast Independent - Sorting Sidings North Jn - South Yard Bypass - Crewe P12 09.00 (PU/RM) - Crewe PAD No.2 Road (RM) - Dn Manchester Independent - Stockport P4 - Dn Fast - Manchester Piccadilly - Ordsall Curve - Manchester Victoria 10.30 (PU) - Ashton Moss North Jn - Denton Jn - Reddish South (break) - Heaton Norris Up Goods Loop - Stockport - Hazel Grove - Buxton (RM) - Buxton XYZ Sidings (RM) - Peak Forest - New Mills South Jn - Dn Cheadle Loop - Northenden Jn - Altrincham - Northwich - Sandbach - Up Manchester Loop - Crewe P1 17.00( SD)

Timings and routing are provisional and subject to confirmation through the Network Rail planning process.


BLS member First Class fare with a complimentary hot drink and snack £59.00

Accompanied under 18s benefit from a £5.00 reduction in all fares whilst non-members are subject to a £12.00 surcharge. Please note that we are unable to accept bookings from unaccompanied under 18s.


P.S. If you're wondering where the train gets its unusual name from, we're assuming that 'nosey' comes from the use of the vintage Class 37 diesel locos, noted for their bonnets or 'noses' and 'peaker' from the fact that the train is visiting the peak district around Buxton and New Mills, the whole thing being a slightly laboured pun on 'nosey parker'.

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