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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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  • Mike Parker-Bray
    Mike Parker-Bray Does your local station make the list? An interesting article either way.
    10 of the best railway stations in Britain | Travel | The Guardian
    • October 13
    • Mike Parker-Bray
      Tony Smale If anyone's writing up the 10 most naff railway stations, ours with its fabulous Clasp building should be in there with a chance.
      • October 15
  • Christine Hillman
    Christine Hillman has just signed up. Say hello!
  • Mike Parker-Bray
    Mike Parker-Bray Pleased to be up at the Northern community rail conference today. Great presentations including on Bentham's Dementia Friendly project - hats off to Gerald Townson.
    • September 25
  • Richard Lysons
    Richard Lysons Great book : England's Cathedrals By Train ( Discover How the Normans and Victorians Helped to Shape Our Lives) by Murray Naylor. Published by Remember When/ Pen & Sword Books of Barnsley. Paperback version came out in April this year. 
    • September 20
  • Peter Hillman
    Peter Hillman Hi from Templecombe, a link to a video from July
    Pete Hillman
    • August 31
  • Graham Ellis
    Graham Ellis posted a topic in the forum Community Rail events:
    • August 17
  • Ian Dinmore
    Ian Dinmore replied to a topic in the forum Other projects:
    We have an office on Lowestoft station which I use to work out of my Council Office. It is managed by the East Suffolk Lines CRP on an "understanding" arrangement from Greater Anglia - it is all very informal and we have been advised that when the East Su...  more
    • August 14
  • Tony Smale
    Tony Smale replied to a topic in the forum Other projects:
    First ran the TankFest shuttle No 55 again in 2017 without subsidy, and they also ran it on two other event days. So the service now has wheels of its own!
    • August 11
  • Tony Smale
    Tony Smale replied to a topic in the forum Other projects:
    See also my post on 11 Aug 2017 about keeping bus info shown on your Onward Travel Poster up to date. If station adoptors dont report errors, who will?
    • August 11
  • Stephen Sleight
    Stephen Sleight replied to a topic in the forum Social media and websites:
    Hi Mike, Thanks. We are still struggling with Pagelines. Do any other CRPs have experience of them?
    • August 11
  • Tony Smale
    Tony Smale Continuation of my previous post...
    For most stations in Britain, it’s easy to check the poster for any particular station by viewing it online from the comfort of your own home: (1) Go to the National Rail website (2) Select your Station (3) Click on “G...  more
    • August 11
  • Tony Smale
    Tony Smale You may have had trouble reporting comments about the Onward Travel Poster at your station because the email address shown on the poster ( was out of action. Well, I’m told by the production team based in Brighton that th...  more
    • August 11
  • Fiona Forsythe
    Fiona Forsythe Very pleased that the Tyne Valley CRP will be participating in Heritage Open Days on 8/9th September 2017. The 1855 Booking Hall and the 1901 Signal Box will be specially opened for visitors. Please put the word out and share our Facebook event page more
    • August 6
  • Fiona Forsythe
    Fiona Forsythe Uploaded a photo in the profile for the first time. I am on the right. A jolly day with local history experts visiting Hexham and Haltwhistle. This is our Hexham station kiosk being manned by the retired CRP officer John Gillott on the 24th July 2017.
    • August 4
  • Fiona Forsythe
    Fiona Forsythe has added a new profile photo.
    • August 4