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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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  • Martin Yallop
    Martin Yallop Interesting marketing idea from Beccles station . . could your station sell these ? 
    • September 23
  • Martin Yallop
    Martin Yallop With Xmas creeping up on us  this website might provide something a little different but with a railway connection . . Repro carriage prints, perhaps your town is listed ?

    • September 23
  • sue mitchell
    sue mitchell We did look at the site, initially thought it would be helpful, but think probably directed at academics ray
    ther than us. What is your understanding Martin? In its favour, it is free should anyone else be interested - an evening event.
    • September 21
    • sue mitchell
      Martin Yallop I will take another look Sue, I like free !
      • September 22
  • Martin Yallop
    Martin Yallop Try this link to their site Sue.
    • September 20
  • Martin Yallop
    Martin Yallop The next Heritage Alliance Heritage Debate takes place on Wednesday 26 October 2016 in the Adephi Suite, The Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych WC2B 4DD.  Alliance Chairman Loyd Grossman will introduce the evening, before handing over to HLF Chief Executive Ros Kers...  more
    • September 16
  • sue mitchell
    sue mitchell September 2016 is turning into an amazing year for Mytholmroyd, upwards, ever upwards!
    The Twinning Event with Bentham has been memorable not just for us but for all the folk who travelled with us to and from that delightful outpost of Yorkshire - Bentha...  more
    • September 15
  • Martin Yallop
    Martin Yallop Has anyone out there has experience of getting a locomotive named after their project or locality and/or the cost of vinyl wraps for DMUs ???
    • September 15
    • Martin Yallop
      Mike Parker-Bray We were lucky enough to have two 153s wrapped as part of EU Citizens' Rail project. Great Western Railway kindly covered the costs since they had some units in the wrong livery and saw it as a win-win to get them re-done. So best advice might be to try an...  more
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  • Mike Parker-Bray
    Mike Parker-Bray A snapshot of our year - read the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership's annual review at the link below (6MB PDF). From South West Trains joining the partnership to news of our latest innovative marketing and community projects, we hope it will be of interest.
    • September 9
  • sue mitchell
    sue mitchell wrote a new blog entry:
    • September 8
  • Simon Clarke
    Simon Clarke has added a new profile photo.
    • September 7
  • Rowena Chantler
    Rowena Chantler posted a topic in the forum Art projects:
    • September 6
  • Richard Burningham
    Richard Burningham As Ian mentioned below, I was asked to write the Guest Opinion slot on Community Rail in this month's Railnews.  Sim Harris, the Editor, has kindly me sent me the article as it appeared and here it is. 
    Guest opinion piece in Railnews - Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership
    • September 6
  • Brian Barnsley
    Brian BarnsleyPhilip Purkis: Hi Philip

    Welcome to the cafe

    • September 5
    • Brian Barnsley
      Philip Purkis Hello and thanks for the welcome. Earlier this year we set up FOKS - Friends of Knaresborough Station near Harrogate in North Yorkshire. Its a wonderful Victorian station sandwiched between a tunnel and a picturesque viaduct over the river Nidd. The stati...  more
      • September 5
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