North Eastern Express at Durham

North Eastern Express is a Great Success
7th May 2011

MCRUA North Eastern Express




Over 460 passengers enjoyed the trip with on time arrivals at our destination stations and an early arrival back in Chester.  

Most notable was the over 30 passengers who joined us at Reddish South, many of them from the hard work put in by The Friends of Reddish South Station to whom we were delighted to provide a commission on ticket sales generated. 

Over 100 passengers took the Beamish option and had a very enjoyable time.  Beamish, as the Living Museum of the North, has turned into a very interesting visitor attraction over the years that we have visited. 



   © Image courtesy of Robert Griffiths

We had many compliments on the good condition of the rolling stock from Riviera Trains and the excellent buffet service provided by Rolling Riot.  The bacon butties were so popular, with almost 150 sold, they sold out before we had left Stalybridge.  Our caterers have been asked to increase their stocks on our next excursion train. 

The raffle had more prizes than ever, with much excitement on the return trip as people passed with bottles of wine, boxes of chocolates, a voucher for a first class return for two anywhere on Virgin Trains, a signal box visit to Manchester Piccadilly signalling centre, free return trips over the Ffestiniog or Welsh Highland Railways and Churnet Valley Railway and even an Overnight Stay for two, with Full English Breakfast, courtesy of the Heathercliffe Country House Hotel in Frodsham.  

We extend our grateful thanks to those who supported the raffle. 

For the first time, we provided a questionnaire asking for views on highlights of the days, areas for improvement and ideas for future railtours. 

This should provide us with valuable information, as we can continual review how we run our Railtours, and improve our service to our passenger. 

One of our passengers, on leaving the train at Northwich, said: 

 “An excellent day out with an on time service throughout.  Many thanks to MCRUA.  I look forward to your next Railtour”.

When MCRUA have arranged the next Railtour, details will be posted to the MCRUA website and we will advise those that travel with us. 

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