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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 Feeling lucky? We're running a festive giveaway with a swish National Railway Museum 2018 diary up for grabs. Head over to our website  by 10am Thursday (14 Dec)  to enter the draw.
    2018 diary giveaway - Great Scenic Railways
    • Wed at 12:11 PM
  • Stephen Sleight
    Stephen Sleight posted a topic in the forum Station improvements:
    • Wed at 11:53 AM
  • Simon Clarke
    Simon Clarke Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all in the Café from Community Rail Lancashire!  
    • Wed at 7:55 AM
  • Richard Lysons
    Richard Lysons I was really impressed to read about the runners -up  in the Innovation in Community Rail category at the 2017 Community Rail Awards. Severnside CRP has teamed up with Cotham School to introduce a combined ID badge and rail ticket in the school lanyard. I...  more
    • Tue at 5:53 PM
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    • Richard Lysons
      Richard Burningham It's a really great initiative that started with GWR's local Revenue Protection Manager and Severnside CRP worked with him to make it happen. Has solved what was a big problem on the Severn Beach line.
      • Wed at 9:14 AM
  • Richard Lysons
    Richard Lysons At November's ACoRP seminar in York, I asked the other people in my group how many of them are - like me - irregular contributors to Community Rail Cafe. They nearly all raised their hands . Perhaps this will start something. There were some great contrib...  more
    • Mon at 3:55 PM
  • Richard Lysons
    Richard Lysons Contrasting reactions to members of our station friends group wearing Northern "Community Volunteer" hi-viz jackets. The predictable one is people saying "what are you on probation / community payback for?" (ha ha).  Another one is bei...  more
    • Mon at 3:52 PM
  • Mike Parker-Bray
    Mike Parker-Bray commented on Simon Clarke's blog entry: A great inventive, imaginative project from Lancashire - hats off.
    • December 7
  • Brian Barnsley
    Brian Barnsley And the Kings Head at our own Huddersfield Station win the GWR Craft Skills Awards. OVERALL WINNER 2017 Wemyss Bay by Network Rail. All great winners.
    • December 6
  • Simon Clarke
    Simon Clarke wrote a new blog entry:
    • December 6
  • Brian Barnsley
    Brian Barnsley Wickham Market win the Taylor Woodrow Partnership Award a great result.
    • December 6
  • Brian Barnsley
    Brian Barnsley At the National Railway Heritage Awards good to see Wickham Market a DCRDF project shortlisted. Along with the wonderful Kilmarnock Station Village
    • December 6
  • Grace Fisher
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  • Mike Parker-Bray
    Mike Parker-Bray Looking forward to this morning's ACoRP webinar on Communicating Community Rail. Find out more and sign up:
    • November 16
  • Liam Bowring
    Liam Bowring has just signed up. Say hello!
  • 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
    • Richard Lysons likes this.
    • 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
    • Mike Parker-Bray
      Brian Barnsley A interesting choice of stations looking forward to Santa delivering the book