February 2016

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Welcome to the Feb 2016 Train on Line.

It’s been a very interesting and busy few weeks since the turn of the New Year, with a lot going on with the build-up to the new Northern and Trans Pennine franchise starts. At this stage there is not a lot we can report so this edition is by and large a Northern free one (cue - collected relief from the rest of our members) However, rest assured the next edition will have a detailed Northern update!

Small Grants Fund – My reminder about the ACoRP English Small Grants Fund resulted in quite a few applications with some great projects being funded – more of that in a later edition. The fund is still open to Community Rail Partnerships and Station Adopter members we still have about £2000 to allocate to projects. If you have something you would like to fund please contact Brian or Dawn for a chat and an applications form.

Designated Community Rail Devotement Fund - we expect to announce some good news regarding the 2016 - 17 round of this fund at the forthcoming Designated Lines Seminar in Norwich next month - details will also appear in the April Train on Line

Finally as always we are keen to hear your news, the deadline for the next Train on Line will be 1st March 2016
Best Wishes

Notice is hereby given to members that the 2015 annual general meeting of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships will be held on Friday 4th March 2016 at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, B4 7SX, 1315 for 1330 hours.
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Station Buildings Workshop
We still have places left on the workshop to be held on Weds 13th April 16 at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham.

The objective of the workshop is to enhance the knowledge and understanding of a station building among members in order to better appreciate the heritage and value of the structure. This is a free to member’s event however places will be limited to 25 on this occasion, so contact Hazel at the ACoRP office if you would like to attend. Click here for the full programme.
Alsager Station is the Best in Cheshire
Alsager has won the coveted top Best Kept Station’ Award, and Sandbach won the ACoRP Award. A special award was presented to John Hulme, founder of the Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards and organiser for twelve years, who stood down last year at the 2015 Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards, read more
News from Scotland

The ScotRail Deal winners read

Rotary International making a difference with Station Adoption read

Borders Railway celebrates 500,000 passengers in first four months read


Station to Station

National Recognition of Heritage Signs at Handforth  read

Mytholmroyd – keeps its head above water. read

Brighouse gets bug friendly! read

‘A Spotter Tea’ makes passengers’ day at Kidsgrove Station read
Route and Branch

Start of Consultation on the Trans Wilts Line Service Designation read

Teddy travels free on the Maritime Line read

A Proud Moment for Severnside CRP read

Passenger numbers continue to grow on East Suffolk Line read

Arrivals and Departures
Allan Brooking joins ScotRail read
Fiona Forsythe joins Tyne Valley CRP read

Artist  (who fancies a working holiday) wanted!
The Directors of Helmsdale Station CIC seek an artist to paint trompe l'œil scenes on station cottages building windows (four) and doors (two) at Helmsdale station on Far North Line.  The CIC offers one week’s rent free use of holiday accommodation in Station House + £1,000 + cost of materials.

 The image shows the station cottages building at Helmsdale showing the four windows and two doors (excluding the modern door nearest to the camera) for which we are seeking artwork

The cottages building is currently used by Network Rail as a store.  NR has generously contributed to the restoration of the station by decorating the outside of the building to match the ACoRP award winning Station House next door.  We have outline permission to add murals to the windows and doors (subject to NR approving the designs). 

The Helmsdale CIC Directors are impressed with the work of Tracy Sheogh at Invergordon (example right) and seek something similar containing domestic scenes to draw attention to the original use as railway worker accommodation.
We would seek ideas for designs and pictures of samples of previous work before agreeing the commission.  Approval for the work is required from the Directors, from ScotRail and, as mentioned above, from Network Rail.

Further information about the station, about Helmsdale and about the community project available at and For further details and discussion of task or terms, please contact Michael Willmot at or 01743 588654. 
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