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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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  • Alex Peel
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  • Catherine Huddleston
    Catherine Huddleston New year, new profile picture, new post ! 
    • January 7
  • Catherine Huddleston
    Catherine Huddleston has added a new profile photo.
    • January 7
  • Colin Hodgkinson
    Colin Hodgkinson The Friends of Guide Bridge are trying to create a wildlife Garden but have come up with a problem And we was wondering any you budding could  help we want to lay some Weed Membrane  to make a path which we have already can anyone suggest what sort to buy...  more
    • December 28, 2017
  • Mike Parker-Bray
    Mike Parker-Bray commented on Mike Parker-Bray's blog entry: Thanks Rowena, glad you found it useful. Since then, we've done several more videos - mainly with a couple of agencies. Requires a fair bit of preparation, logistics and luck with the weather, but can get some really good results.

    Available to watch her...  more
    • December 19, 2017
  • Rowena Chantler
    Rowena Chantler has added a new profile photo.
    • December 19, 2017
  • Rowena Chantler
    Rowena Chantler commented on Mike Parker-Bray's blog entry: Fabulous, I love these ideas! Thanks for sharing - are you sure you don't want to come and work for the Penistone Line?!
    • December 19, 2017
  • Rowena Chantler
    Rowena Chantler I need some anti virus software. can anyone recommend? 
    • December 19, 2017
    • Rowena Chantler
      Mike Parker-Bray There's one called AVG that a lot of workplaces use, and at home I use BitDefender. There's a round up here:
      • December 19, 2017
  • Andy Emmott
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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
    • December 13, 2017
  • Stephen Sleight
    Stephen Sleight posted a topic in the forum Station improvements:
    • December 13, 2017
  • Simon Clarke
    Simon Clarke Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all in the Café from Community Rail Lancashire!  
    • December 13, 2017
  • 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
    • December 12, 2017
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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.
      • December 13, 2017
  • 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
    • December 11, 2017