The several hundred daffodils donated by Glossop's U3A and planted with permission from Network Rail opposite the platform in the grassed areas are now almost in bloom. We are delighted that the harsh winter has seemingly not affected their growth and we look forward to seeing them flower in the next few days!
Today Bunty Gibson, Chris Harris ( from Glossop Gardeners) and Neil Williams changed the 9 flower boxes and 5 hanging baskets from winter to spring flowers. A cheering task which took about 3 hours to complete. Resplendent now with daffodils, tulips and forsythia the station looks cheery. The only irony being that it snowed for much of the time that the flowers were being put into place which made many of the drivers and guards smile as they witnessed our freezing seasonal work!!
A new map showing points of interest in and around Glossop is nearing completion at County Hall, Matlock. This project has involved Penny and Neil from FOGS and Mike Rose from the High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership and has evolved over 2 years. Neil visited Matlock last week to meet Andrew Walker the partnership's new Project Officer and Val who has designed the map with some very attractive illustrations! It is hoped to install the map in the near future at the station.
We look forward to welcoming Pathfinder Tours' Special train to Glossop and Hadfield after midnight on 7th March. Friends of Glossop station will greet the train's arrival at Glossop and Friends of Hadfield will do the same at Hadfield. It is anticipated that the train will consist of 8 coaches and be top and tailed by Class 37 engines. We wish participants happy travels to Derbyshire and then on into Yorkshire!!
We are delighted that our safety licence to work on the Embankment Garden has been renewed for 2015. This followed a site visit made by Sinead Griffin and Andy Griffin from Karen Hornby's new Network Rail team at Manchester. We thank Karen and Andy for their interest and support - it was a pleasure showing you both around the station! Our first session is planned for April 19th.
Pathfinder Tours are intending to run a special train consisting of top and tailed Class 37 locomotive hauled carriages to various destinations including GLOSSOP and HADFIELD on Friday 6th March departing from Crewe 23.00 and Stockport at 23.35. Travelling overnight into Saturday 7th March the train will visit a variety of destinations including Ilkley and both Bradford termini. Travelling at night permits access to branches where the intensity of weekday services precludes such special trains.
For Glossop this will be the first time since the famous FA Vase Football train to Wembley in April 2009 that a locomotive hauled train will visit the branch line and station.
For details and bookings contact www.pathfindertours.co.uk
At the recent Guide Bridge meeting it became clear that 2015 marks several station anniversaries! Marple and New Mills Central celebrate 150th anniversaries in July - the 4th and the 5th being celebratory days. Special events will be held at both stations and there are plans for a special train too. More details available via the websites of Friends of Marple and Friends of New Mills Stations. Celebrating 170th anniversaries are Broadbottom and Hadfield Stations on the Glossop Line. Again plans to mark these events are being drawn up - more details soon.
We have been busy with meetings since the start of 2015! Penny attended The High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership meeting in Glossop on 14th January. We welcome Andrew Walker the partnership's new project officer. At this meeting Arriva Trains, one of the the three bidders for the Northern Rail Franchise from February 2016, gave a presentation. It is hoped that Abellio and GoVia will be able to offer similar presentations during the year.
At Guide Bridge last week on 27th January Station Friends' representatives from Glossop, Hadfield, Broadbottom, Hattersley, Heaton Chapel, New Mills and Rose Hill met at Guide Bridge with Theo McLauchlan our Northern Line Manager. It was an extremely useful meeting and we were able to discuss a range of topics/issues including our plans for the year. Theo is hoping to have similar meetings every 2 months, the next being set for 31st March. Later that same day Neil from Glossop and Babs from Hattersley attended the SEMCORP meeting at Manchester Town Hall with Project Officer Stephen Forde. Another useful and well run meeting. A common theme to all meetings was of course speculation about the direction of the new Franchise. We await the DfT Invitation to Tender due out in February. On Friday 30th January Penny and Neil attended Friends of Hattersley Station's AGM in Hattersley. We were delighted that Babs Allen has been re - elected as Chairperson!
On Thursday 11th December Baroness Kramer Transport Minister formally opened the new Ticket office/Waiting room and Car Park at Guide Bridge Station. She was accompanied by Alex Hynes Managing Director of Northern, Theo McLauchlan Glossop Line Manager and Matthew Worman Client and Stakeholder Manager for Northern. Friends of Glossop Station had been invited to offer the refreshments at this event by Theo and a splendid spread had been prepared by the indefatigable Bunty Gibson and her team! Also taking centre stage on the table in the conference room was a lovely railway themed floral arrangement skillfully created by Christine Kimpton with the help of her husband John. The occasion was marked by a blue ribbon opening and a plaque unveiling. Alex welcomed the Baroness to the station and thanked Friends of Glossop for its participation. Picking up on this theme Baroness Kramer thanked FOGS for bringing its community spirit down the line! We were happy to do so especially as the Glossop Line is now a designated DfT Community Rail Line. The Baroness was then given a tour of the ticket office backstage before leaving to see the progress of work at Manchester Victoria.
We enjoyed meeting everyone including familiar friends - Joy from Hadfield and Babs from Hattersley and Stephen from SEMCoRP. We met for the first time Alison from Northern and Jackie from Network Rail both of whom had taken a trip to see Glossop Station earlier that morning. We appreciated their interest and kind comments. We would like to thank David Waite and Dawn at Guide Bridge for their practical help and good humour!! And also thanks to Theo for involving us in this interesting occasion. We were pleased to learn that customers using Guide Bridge like the new facilities and that footfall has increased.
Friends of Glossop Station extend a warm welcome to our new artists who have their work on display in the Waiting Room's Station Art Gallery - Marie Brookes and Roselyne Quilis-Edwards. Both are Glossop based artists who have exhibited elsewhere. Roselyne's work feature some dramatic seascapes and Marie's feature woodland scenes and landscapes. All pictures may be purchased. Marie can be contacted on 01457 866581 and Roselyne on 01457 867137. Our thanks to John Kimpton for painting the backdrop and to Northern for their ongoing support.
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