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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 I am a great believer in Station branding . . here is an example from Irlam showing their 1923 logo on a coffee cup.
    • Thu at 2:58 PM
  • Ian Dinmore
    Ian Dinmore replied to a topic in the forum New franchises:
    and the lastest update... The franchise started yesterday with cakes all round :)
    Looking forward to developing a much revised Action Plan to deliver change for the better next year.
    • Tue at 1:50 PM
  • Mike Parker-Bray
    Mike Parker-Bray We've found that "Passenger's eye view" videos filmed from the train window on a smartphone can be a great free marketing tool. Here's our latest one:  more
    • Mon at 5:22 PM
  • Martin Yallop
    Martin Yallop A useful little book about your station, well written and illustrated, recommended if you would like to know more about station architecture, £9.95.
    • October 16
  • Celia  Minoughan
    Celia Minoughan Celebrating our success at Exeter RHS in Bloom Awards last night, St Thomas Station is 'Outstanding' and St James Park Station 'Improving'. The South West RHS judges were really impressed at our ACORP 'It's your Station' Gold certificate for St Thomas so ...  more
    • October 13
  • Celia  Minoughan
    Celia Minoughan has added a new profile photo.
    • October 13
  • Simon Clarke
    Simon Clarke Don't forget that a pudding isn't really a pudding unless it has custard! No custard - then it's a dessert! 
    • October 12
  • Simon Clarke
    Simon Clarke As many of you are aware CRL took home an award in the Working With Young people category at the recent ACoRP Awards for our Rose Grove Revived project. The project saw the station rejuvenated as part of the push to kick start the new Todmorden Curve serv...  more
    • October 12
  • Martin Yallop
    Martin Yallop Could your station sell charity Christmas Cards ?
    Cards for Good Causes is a marketing and distribution charity that sells cards for all the major charities at Christmas and ploughs back almost all the money made into those charities unlike other outlets...  more
    • October 12
  • Stephen Sleight
    Stephen Sleight posted a topic in the forum Community Rail events:
    • October 11
    • Stephen Sleight
      Simon Clarke Hi Stephen - most of ours run as normal. We may lose some of the half hourly Blackburn turn backs from Manchester Victoria on the bank holiday but other than that normal service.
      • October 12
  • Rebecca Catterall
    Rebecca Catterall students from Hong Kong and Singapore giving an unstaffed station in Cornwall a makeover! Only in Community Rail!
    • October 10
  • Martin Yallop
    Martin Yallop Another date for your diary ?

    This event is in York and concentrates on Community Assets. ...  more
    • October 10
  • Graham Ellis
    Graham Ellis BIG Thank You to all the ACoRP team and the extended team who helped in Southport on Thursday evening last.  What a fabulous evening. Do you recognise anyone in the photo?
    • October 5
  • Simon Clarke
    Simon Clarke Community Rail Lancashire had a good
    night at the Community Rail awards in Southport last Thursday - coming away
    with a first, a second and a third! click the link ...  more
    • October 4
  • Martin Yallop
    Martin Yallop This young gentleman was performing at DfT event last week and was very good. Might be useful at one of your station events ?
    • October 2