A second new banner has been mounted beside the platform at Cheshire’s Goostrey Railway Station, on the Crewe to Manchester line. The wonderful artwork is by Eamonn Murphy and both banners were commissioned by the Friends of Goostrey Station (FOGS).
Several members of FOGS attended the launch exhibition in Manchester. All were impressed by the designs which are in a style reminiscent of the classic posters of the 1920s and 1930s. The aim of the project is to increase the number of visitors to the sites illustrated and also to promote travel by train. More information about the project can be found at stationconnections.co.uk
After discussion, Eamonn Murphy agreed to create two banners especially for Goostrey. FOGS members asked him to use images which reflected the stations along the Crewe – Manchester line. Hence the title of both banners is Goostrey Connections.
Thanks go to the volunteers who transported and erected the banners. But special thanks must go to Bill Macdonald who planned and made the wooden supports.
Members of FOGS are excited that work organised by the owners Network Rail to restore the historic ticket office at Goostrey Station is progressing well. The roof has been repaired and the wooden cladding and window frames have been replaced. In addition, drain pipes and decorative canopy brackets have been repaired or recast and the exterior has been painted in the original heritage colours.
Chair of FOGS, Craig Sidebotham said: “The digitally produced images are part of a community rail project featuring iconic buildings close to local railway lines. Northern Rail chose two structures to represent Goostrey – the Old Medicine House, which is the home of author Alan Garner and his wife Griselda, and the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank.”
The Railway Heritage Trust which provided some of the funding for the project, is seeking photos of the ticket office showing the original sign for the station name. At present the earliest FOGS members have is from the 1960s. If you can help, please contact FOGS member Christina Burgess on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01477 535443.