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The Community Rail Cafe is for everyone interested in "community rail", including volunteers, Community Rail Partnerships, train operating companies, local and national government and other agencies.

The community is administrated by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships. It was created with the support of the EU Citizens' Rail project.

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  • Catherine Huddleston
    Catherine HuddlestonWomen in Community Rail: I have been asked to present a few slides about Women in Community Rail at Northern's Community Rail Conference on 9th September.. about what Women in Community Rail does, the impact of the work is does and how to get involved. Would anyone like to share...  more
    • Aug 5
  • Simon Clarke
    Simon Clarke has added a new profile photo.
    • Jul 2
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    • Simon Clarke
      Ian Dinmore Please keep your explosive ideas up North - in the East Custard is a legally protected species under food diversity legislation
      • Aug 1
  • Simon Clarke
    Simon Clarke For those of you who are in the Custard Club - you would definitely not want this to happen C6H12O6(s) + 6O2(g) → 6CO2(g) + 6H2O(g)
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  • Richard Lysons
    Richard LysonsWomen in Community Rail: Excellent event today at Transport for Greater Manchester and later at Manchester Piccadilly Station for the launch of the two WiCR DVDs. Please try and see these inspiring films. Also Happy Third Birthday to WiCR !
    • Jun 21
  • Ian Dinmore
    Ian DinmoreScottish CRP's: A recent visit to the far North having an overnight at Helmsdale to drop something off the local community - a fine community station very well kept
    • Jun 14
  • Richard Lysons
    Richard Lysons Brilliant day at Manchester Piccadilly Station for my first Community Rail In The City stall. Promoting Discover Amazing Women By Rail with Marjorie Birch of WiCR; CRL & Clitheroe Line. Fantastic response with everyone from Network Rail staff at...  more
    • May 18
  • Wullie Clark
    Wullie Clark Hello folks looking forward to learning more about community rail
    • Apr 25
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  • Richard Lysons
    Richard Lysons Excellent day on Saturday at Crewe with Scenic Britain/ Alice Mannion (ACoRP) distributing Discover Amazing Wonen by Rail booklets, alongside Scenic Britain's superb postcards and goody bags. Steady footfall. Sunshine !
    • Mar 25
  • Ian Dinmore
    Ian Dinmore Massive investment for expanded station at Sheringham: Greater Anglia are to invest £1M in expanding the smallest National Rail terminus at Sheringham. As a result the current 40m long x 1.2m wide platform will be extended top 80m long and 1.6m wide to...  more
    • Feb 12
    • Ian Dinmore
      Ian Dinmore New 4 carriage length platform now open at Sheringham, new seat, shelter and lights
      • Jun 14
  • Mike Parker-Bray
    Mike Parker-Bray We're trying a new approach to explaining the reversal at Coombe Junction on the Looe Valley Line - using Hornby and the Hokey Cokey! Watch the video below - you don't need a Twitter account to view it. The film will be part of our upcoming heritage...  more
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    • Feb 8
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  • Tony Smale
    Tony Smale It's official! Purbeck CRP now has its first paid officer, Kelly Marshall. Kelly will be promoting the Swanage Railway's "Wareham" service as well as helping with community rail activities along the main line in Purbeck, from Moreton to Holton...  more
    • Feb 7
  • Richard Lysons
    Richard Lysons Great to welcome Karen Bennett from CRL, Ian Davies from ACoRP and two guests from the embryonic Friends of Ben Rhyddings Station today in Littleborough. Excellent lunch at Cherry Tree Cafe in Littleborough Coach House, as visited by Martin Yallop and...  more
    • Jan 24
  • Anne  Ridley
    Anne Ridley Well 2019 has brought a new challenge for me. I left the Settle Carlisle Railway Development Co in November 2018 following 18 years service. Retirement is not yet for me; I have now been appointed as a Director for the Tyne Valley CRP. Really looking...  more
    • Jan 16